An head full of flowers carefully prepared in the shape of an headdress.

Once a year the young girls of the village carry it for a whole afternoon performing a slow dance.

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It is called Rejang and it’s part of the Hindu traditional rites that Majapahit civilization brought to Indonesia long time ago.

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All these photos where captured in the villages of Karangsari and Santi in the Karangasem district of Bali, Indonesia.

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The Rejang ceremony is an all day event. It takes place once a year and involves a long preparation that start weeks before.

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Rejang dance a slow procession following an older woman which leads the many laps around the temple perimeter. Delicate, slow, oscillating with extreme grace and delicacy.

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Up on the volcano slopes of Bali, being a young woman means learning to gracefully dance with your head full of flowers since young age.

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Parents, and the whole extended family look on.

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Boys, elders and the younger kids admire quietly.

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The very young ones carry small items and learn to gracefully balance and dance this way.

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The girls line up and follow each other in a long and slow display of themselves.

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The Pecalangs make sure that everything is running smoothly and coordinates with other using a radio.

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It’s a special day and an occasion like no other.

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The Gamelan orchestra acoustic percussions provides the rhythm.

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Every village has a slightly different way of arranging dresses and head wear.

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The Rejang dance itself is smooth and simple and very similar from village to village.

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Experienced women show their style balancing burning incense and bigger offerings.

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The whole village is present to the ceremony and they do check out the display.

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While the girls laps slowly till past sunset.

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