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Ogoh-Ohoh Statues for Nyepi Holiday Must Be Eco Freindly

The local district government of Badung Regency prepared cash prizes for the best Ogoh-Ohoh statues creators. But the artworks must be made of environmentally friendly materials.

The head of Badung Culture Agency (Disbud) I Gde Eka Sudarwitha said that there will be different levels of criteria taken into account during the competition.

They include esthetical criteria such as the shape of the ogoh-ogoh, building design, proportion, anatomy, color arrangement, accessories, and neatness.

The next aspect of assessment is obedience in using environmentally friendly materials. 

Then there is also an assessment of creativity, where the emphasis is on the management of the theme, the use of technology, and ornamentation.

Then, the next aspect of assessment is the form of appearance and integrity of the work. 

Meanwhile, for general criteria of ogoh-ogoh that take part in the competition - they must be in the form of bhuta kala (traditional Bali spirits), made of environmentally friendly materials, maximum of 5 meters above the ground, not politically charged, not pornographic, and not containing SARA elements (ethnicity, religion, race and class).

The winner of the competition will be given a prize. Champion I will receive a cash prize of Rp. 25 million, second place will receive Rp. 20 million and third place will receive Rp. 15 million.

Ogoh-ogoh are statues built for the Ngrupuk parade, which takes place on the eve of Nyepi day in Bali, Indonesia. Ogoh-ogoh normally have form of mythological beings, mostly demons. As with many creative endeavours based on Balinese Hinduism, the creation of Ogoh-ogoh represents spiritual aims inspired by Hindu philosophy.

The main purpose of the making of Ogoh-ogoh is the purification of the natural environment of any spiritual pollutants emitted from the activities of living beings (especially humans). The forms of Ogoh-ogoh represent the Bhuta-Kala (Bhuta: eternal energy, Kala: eternal time), according to Hindu teachings. The imperceptible potentials of nature cannot be thoroughly explored by anyone. Philosophically, civilized men are required to manage the natural resources without damaging the environment itself.

Aside from being the symbol of Bhuta-Kala, Ogoh-ogoh is considered a symbol of modes of nature that form the malicious characters of living beings. Each village usually build one Ogoh-ogoh mainly built by each village's Seka Truna Truni (Balinese village's youth organization), but often some smaller ogoh-ogoh also built by groups of children around the village. Some artist also usually build one. After being paraded on a convoy around the town, finally it is burnt to ashes in a cemetery as a symbol of self-purification.

The source: Nusa Bali; photo: villaamrita

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