National Geographic : 1969 Nov
Traree dageers visit a mystic IKE LIVING PHANTOMS, girls of Kintamani perform the sanghyang deling, a trance dance, one of the rituals that dramatize the villagers' constant awareness of the super natural world. As a chorus chants to flute and drum, women robe a 10-year-old girl (left), then another, 8, chosen because they are believed to be receptive to influences of the gods. A priest spreads a woven mat and sets up a brazier of smoking incense, lacquered ta bles holding offerings, and two sacred pup pets threaded on a string between two sticks. When the priest begins to pray, two as sistants jiggle the sticks, making the puppets dance. The girls, transfixed, grow drowsy. Their eyelids droop. Soon they slide forward and grasp the sticks (below). At last in deep trance, they slump limply. The girls rise, and with eyes half-closed begin a dreamlike dance, gliding, twirling their fans, oblivious of strain (far right). The music quickens. Now two men stride forward and help the dancers onto their shoulders. Gracefully balancing, the girls sway in classical Balinese dance (right). Alighting, they shuffle barefoot through a bed of smoldering coconut shells. Then the priest frees them-unhurt-from the spell. 675 THIS PAGE FOLDS OUT realm 676 ANDGILBERTM. GROSVENOR© N.G.S.