TRAVEL/CULTURE PHOTOS WEEKLY: Fire Ritual, Festivals ...

TRAVEL/CULTURE PHOTOS WEEKLY: Fire Ritual, Festivals ...
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East Java, Indonesia, September 15, 2008--A villager attempts to catch a chicken tossed by a worshiper into the crater of Mount Bromo during the Yadnya Kasada festival.

Every year members of the local Tengger population, whose religion is a mixture of Hinduism and Buddhism, toss offerings of rice, fruit, vegetables, and livestock.

According to legend the gifts date back to a time when a couple made the offerings in lieu of their 25th child, who was supposed to be sacrificed.

--John Roach
—Photograph by Sigit Pamungkas/Reuters
 
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