The second episode in this documentary series covers the animistic rituals and festivals of Bali, officially Hindu, but with origins in ancient ceremonials practised long before Hinduism came to the island.
It opens with the spirit possession of children, said to be the origin of the Legong dance; it continues with possession by pigs, horses and even pots; and concludes with the all-important Barong ritual. This episode includes historical footage of the 1963 eruption of Mount Agung.
Tomorrow I will show the last in the series, which differs from the others in offering little contextual commentary, being rather a collection of musical pieces.
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