Balinese Hindus Perform Melasti Ritual Ahead Of Nyepi Day of Silence

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A Balinese Hindu devotee in a trance stabs himself with traditional... News PhotoBali,Ceremony,Cultures,Dagger,Denpasar,Human Interest,Indonesia,Loyalty,Religion,Spirituality,VerticalPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Syamsul Bahri MuhammadDENPASAR, BALI, INDONESIA - MARCH 09: A Balinese Hindu devotee in a trance stabs himself with traditional daggers called 'keris' during a Melasti Ritual ceremony 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 elf-reflection and meditation and activities such as working, watching television or travelling are restricted between the hours of 6am and 6pm. (Photo by Syamsul Bahri Muhammad/Getty Images)