Two members of Bali’s indigenous Bali Aga tribe take part in the pandan wars, or Makare-kare, a series of ritual duels that honour Batara Indra, the Vedic god of war. The traditional combat, part of a harvest festival, has begun drawing tourists. Photo: Daniel Darmawan Two members of Bali’s indigenous Bali Aga tribe take part in the pandan wars, or Makare-kare, a series of ritual duels that honour Batara Indra, the Vedic god of war. The traditional combat, part of a harvest festival, has begun drawing tourists. Photo: Daniel Darmawan
Two members of Bali’s indigenous Bali Aga tribe take part in the pandan wars, or Makare-kare, a series of ritual duels that honour Batara Indra, the Vedic god of war. The traditional combat, part of a harvest festival, has begun drawing tourists. Photo: Daniel Darmawan

Ritual combat in the camera drone era: indigenous tribe the Bali Aga in Bali, Indonesia, keep tradition of harvest festival alive

  • The Bali Aga fled Javanese invaders but today face a new invasion – of tourists curious about their lives, and ritual duels that are harvest festival highlight
  • Once visitors have negotiated dagger-wearing guards, they find Tenganan village full of excitement, the palm wine flowing, as young and old ready for combat

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Two members of Bali’s indigenous Bali Aga tribe take part in the pandan wars, or Makare-kare, a series of ritual duels that honour Batara Indra, the Vedic god of war. The traditional combat, part of a harvest festival, has begun drawing tourists. Photo: Daniel Darmawan Two members of Bali’s indigenous Bali Aga tribe take part in the pandan wars, or Makare-kare, a series of ritual duels that honour Batara Indra, the Vedic god of war. The traditional combat, part of a harvest festival, has begun drawing tourists. Photo: Daniel Darmawan
Two members of Bali’s indigenous Bali Aga tribe take part in the pandan wars, or Makare-kare, a series of ritual duels that honour Batara Indra, the Vedic god of war. The traditional combat, part of a harvest festival, has begun drawing tourists. Photo: Daniel Darmawan
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