my travel blog

In between paid works and life enjoyment, I've covered some events, festivals, and dives. Have a look at my last adventures through these blog posts.
April 21, 2021

Metatah (tooth filing) ceremony in Tulamben – II The ceremony

At last, one by one, we laid on the bed and had our tooth filled. There were 14 of us, and I was, by far, the older. First, one prays. Then, lays down and gets a piece of sugarcane to bite. Then, the filers proceed, in increments. We can check our appearance and ask for more (which I did) or leave it as it is.
April 21, 2021

Metatah (tooth filing) ceremony in Tulamben – I Preparation

Jewelry is fake, though it still shines on pictures. For the girls, it all seemed outstanding and they were enthusiastic. Make up artists were quite mediocre. I guess they were also cheap. Contrary to Westerners, they weren't trying to hide defects or beautify faces. The idea, as much as I could understand, was to print some sort of mask over their faces - totally disregarding shapes and characters.
January 19, 2021

Kumbh Mela 2019 – Tent City

  We stayed for a whole week at Kumbh, walked over 20 km each day. My purpose wasn’t just to get images, but to feel the […]
January 18, 2021

Kumbh Mela 2019 – Darshan (the contemplation of holy men)

Darsahn – The meaning In Indian philosophy and religion, particularly in Hinduism, the beholding of a deity (especially in image form), revered person, or sacred object […]
February 16, 2020

Sumba Island – general views and thoughts

Having said so, most of the Sumbanese I knew (despite on most cases, verbal communication not being so great), were good-hearted, loyal, reliable people. It was far easier to get invited to a party or a family celebration than in Bali – not to say the Balinese, aren’t hospitable! Indeed, they are, but I found Sumbanese society to be far more open.
November 25, 2019

Trance and possession in Bali

On the opposite side, the gambelan orchestra played in a different way than I was used to listen: it was, somehow, hypnotic. Sometimes, slow and quiet, and then speeding up to a frantic loud rhythm. Soon I realised there was, at least, a man and a woman in trance, dancing, and I found myself a shooting position.
April 5, 2019

Kumbh Mela 2019 – Prayagraj / Allahabad

After many years waiting, finally I had the chance to attend the “World’s largest congregation of religious pilgrims”. It is an indescribable, overwhelming, experience - something that shook me in every possible level. Here is the photo report, along with the information I could collect on the festival.
February 25, 2019

Sumba Boxing

 It is performed on a full-moon night, prior to the collection of Nyale and the Passola festival. It is not a staged show, there are no tickets
January 8, 2019

Praying day in Karangasem

People go up the stairs and wait for their turn on the external yard. Once the previous prayer is finished, people leave and give room for the new comers. There is not much to see apart from each others, and three giant offerings: two elaborate sculptures made from pork skin, fat, meat, and internal organs, and one made of different fruits.
April 29, 2016

Trunyan Cemetery

On one side, there are around 12 bamboo cages, where the corpses lye, covered in clothes and plastics, left to decompose. Nearby, there is a pile of offerings, bones, and eventually skulls – the ones that were forced to leave their cage, as another corpse took their place.
January 15, 2016

Kon Tum – Vietnam

Walked among coffee plantations and smell the fragrancy of the flowers, taste the tamarinds, feel the vibe of different villages, and finally meet A Biu in Plei Klang village.
December 4, 2015

Long-neck women in Thailand (Ban Na Soi)

azy to investigate further, there was some sort of fascination about it. Why would these women self mutilate in such a way? Was it purely aesthetics? Was it some sort of captivity? I heard that after many years wearing brass rings, the neck muscles couldn’t hold the head anymore (not true, at least, in the majority of cases).
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