19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Dance of the Possessed

Practiced in Java for centuries, it remains almost unknown to the outside world.Jathilan is a folk dance that uses the power of music and dance to channel powerful and sometimes frightening forces.Led by a spiritual guide and a whip-bearing ringleader (Pawang), a group of dancers ride woven horses in rhythmic unison until spirits enters them.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Bungo Nakamura