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Image of Asia: Fighting to placate evil spirits in Bali

Balinese fighters combat with sticks wrapped in thorny pandanus leaves during a village festival ceremony in Bali, Indonesia, Monday, June 8, 2015. Once a year, during the ritual tournament festival, men of the village fight each other with wads of thorny pandanus leaves as part of a sacrifice to placate the evil spirits. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

In this photo by Firdia Lisnawati, Balinese men carrying bamboo shields fight against each other with sticks wrapped in thorny pandanus leaves during a festival in Tenganan village in Bali, Indonesia. Men and boys engage in ritual fights at the festival each year as part of a sacrifice to placate evil spirits. The two-day “Perang Pandan” or “Pandan war” ritual is only held in two villages — Tenganan and Dauh Tukad — whose residents claim to be Bali natives. A similar ritual will be held next month in the neighboring Dauh Tukad.

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