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Devotion Trumps Caution

250 Balinese Hindus Climb Mount Agung to Make Ritual and Animal Offering to the Volcanic Crater

Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, Mount Agung, Ritual Offerings, Animal Sacrifice, Pakelem
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On Thursday, November 2, 2017, some 235 Hindu devotees in Bali ignored danger zones in effect for the Mount Agung Volcano and climbed to the crater to make “Pakelem” sacrificial offerings of live animals to the Almighty - Ida Sang Hyang Widhi.

Beginning the challenging climb before sunrise, the worshipper arrived at the crater’s rim at around 10:00 am with a buffalo sporting golden horns, a white goose and a chicken in tow to sacrifice to God. 

7 priests, led by Jero Mangku Ada, conducted the required religious rites.
What was already a consecrated and solemn atmosphere, took on added air of mystery when an estimated 250 wild monkeys joined the procession to the crater, far removed from the lower, more verdant elevations usually preferred by the primates.
As reported by, while group of Balinese Hindu chanted prayers and made offerings, those in attendance saw steam and smoke seep from the crater while rumblings, said to resemble the sound of a passing jet aircraft, were sounding from the crater.
A sulfuric odor was much in evidence as the worshippers neared the volcano’s peak, causing many to don facemasks to lessen the stench.Once in place and praying on the volcano’s rim, the prayerful were buffeted continually by strong cold winds blowing at the 3,031-meter high altitude of the Mountain’s peak.

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