They are made in the form of creatures of the underworld known in Balinese as buta-kala. The creatures are based on characters taken from traditional myths and legends, however in modern times many also take the form of modern characters, including even people in the media or in the government.
Before the Hindu new year, Nyepi, is celebrated in the spring by a day of silence – you can find Ogoh Ogoh *everywhere* in Bali.
They are mainly built by the youngsters of the villages and kampungs in the weeks and months before Melasti and Nyepi.
Parading Ogoh Ogoh on the streets
On the preceding day, all traffic is blocked and the Ogoh-Ogoh monsters are paraded around near the main intersections and finally burned in the evening to drive away evil spirits.
It’s almost like carnival processions in other countries. The kids can stay up long and carry ‘their’ Ogoh Ogoh around. It’s like a beauty competition on who created the most colourful, funny or scary monster. Of course everyone is proud of their creation and the whole proceedings are very noisy and with plenty of drum sound and screaming and laughing.
Here is a small collection of this year’s Ogoh Ogohs:
Often you see 2 or more Ogoh Ogoh fighting with each other.
The 3-headed snake looks impressive as well!
Here some more modern example, a Rock Star, a more touristy ‘Bintang’ drinker and a Rasta Man.
Some more scary ones, even one multi-headed in the middle.
A dragon fighter and some white-haired oldsters with Parasols.
Green and blue are always great colours.
Watch this winged dragon, the 2 Fatties and a Gollum-like creature. Fun for everyone.
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