In the weeks leading up to Nyepi in Bali, the boys of Bali start preparing for the ogoh ogoh processions, building elaborate monsters to scare away the demons.
I first noticed him in his red shirt and white udeng hanging around the smallest of the ogoh ogohs, just trying to take in what was going on around him.
Then, I noticed him climbing inside the bamboo holding platform that is used to carry the ogoh ogoh in the procession.
He was about half the size of the rest of the boys who were scheduled to carry the ogoh ogoh that night, but he didn’t care. He desperately wanted to be there. Helping. Participating.
Several times, the older boys practiced lifting and carrying the ogoh ogoh, and this little boy was right in the middle of it. Several times the ogoh ogoh was lifted, and they lifted the little boy right off his feet, leaving him dangling a few inches above the ground.