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KUNINGAN

Hinduism does not have a unified belief system encoded in a declaration of faith. Their beliefs are vast and diverse, and thus Hinduism is often referred to as a family of religions rather than a single religion. Meaning there are different theologies, practices, and sacred texts.

 

The Balinese believe their ancestors visit the Earth during the Galungan period - their New Year’s celebration. Kuningan is the last day of Galungan, when their ancestors return to heaven, celebrated in a ceremony with sacrifice, dance, and devotion.

 

The ceremony captured in this video and photos was explained by a local Indonesian called Agus. He said it portrays the search of Shiva, represented by Barong, on his quest to find Durga, represented by Rangda.

 

Shiva asks Vishnu to go to Earth for this search. Vishnu goes to Earth in the form of four dancers performing the Tari Telek. Joining Vishnu comes Brahma in the form of Jauk Keras and Jauk Penamprat. Upon their unsuccessful journey, Shiva goes to Earth as Barong, meeting Durga, in the form of Rangda. They fight - performing the Rangda Dance - and many negative spirits get released from this. Some go back to heaven, and others keep wandering the Earth.

Because of that, the Balinese people of Nusa Ceningan pray for the world’s safety throughout the year.

 

An eternal circle, performed by local people with passion and devotion.

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Kuningan #1, 2017.
Hahnemühle paper 40 x 50cm
100,- euros.

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Kuningan #2, 2017.
Hahnemühle paper 40 x 50cm
100,- euros.

Kuningan #3, 2017.
Hahnemühle paper 40 x 50cm
100,- euros.

Kuningan #4, 2017.
Hahnemühle paper 40 x 50cm
100,- euros.

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Kuningan #5, 2017.
Hahnemühle paper 23 x 23cm
50,- euros.

Kuningan #6, 2017.
Hahnemühle paper 23
 x 23cm
50,- euros.

Kuningan #7, 2017.
Hahnemühle paper 23
 x 23cm
50,- euros.

Kuningan #8, 2017.
Hahnemühle paper 40
 x 50cm
100,- euros.

Kuningan #9, 2017.
Hahnemühle paper 40 x 50cm
100,- euros.

Kuningan #10, 2017.
Hahnemühle paper 40 x 50cm
100,- euros.

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