On returning to Bali, we were lucky enough to enjoy Hari Raya
Nyepi (Bugbug has its own Nyepi as well as the official, all-Bali Nyepi).
This is the day when everything stops. Until it starts again
and people start making lots of noise.
According to a wonderful book, the silence is to make the butas and kalas (demons?) think that everyone's gone away, so they might as well leave too. The noise at the end is to scare away any of the troublesome breed that might still be hanging around. At least I think that's what it means. We had a nice time anyway.
There was another ceremony in Bugbug a few days later -- similar to the one I saw in Tenganan Dauh Tukad in 1995 -- where the youth of the village dress up in fine clothes and walk in a parade to show off their manliness and femininity respectively. This is followed by prayer at the main temple.
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