Balinese Hindus Perform Melasti Ritual Ahead Of Nyepi Day...

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A Balinese Hindu devotee in a trance stabs himself with a traditional... News PhotoBali,Cultures,Dagger,Denpasar,Full Length,Horizontal,Human Interest,Indonesia,Loyalty,Melasti,Religion,SpiritualityPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesDENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - MARCH 09: A Balinese Hindu devotee in a trance stabs himself with a traditional dagger called a 'keris' during the Melasti ritual on March 9, 2013 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. The Melasti ritual is held annually ahead of the Nyepi Day of Silence, a ceremony intended to cleanse and purify the souls of the Balinese Hindu participants. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. The national holiday is one of self-reflection and meditation and activities such as working, watching television or travelling are restricted between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)