Our inability with the language made it bewildering, but also the energy of the gong, drums and gamelan band as it rose to a fever pitch and dropped to a mesmerising beat, over and over. Incense clouds, thick ones, came in waves. Masked performers, soaked in the intense heat and humidity, appeared and vocalized, then retreated for costume changes. Offerings of food arrived in great quantitites, borne on the heads of women only (why only women, we asked. “Because they are so skilled at it.”). If you find the video confusing, then it has done its job of conveying the feeling of the experience.
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