<p>Rain doesn't dampen the spirits of villagers gathered in Desa Tebuana for a tree-cutting ceremony. The ritual asked permission from the tree's spirit to cut the wood, which will be crafted into a sacred temple mask.</p><p>Read more in "That Old Bali Magic" in the June/July 2013 issue of&nbsp;<em>National Geographic Traveler.</em></p>

Sacred Rituals

Rain doesn't dampen the spirits of villagers gathered in Desa Tebuana for a tree-cutting ceremony. The ritual asked permission from the tree's spirit to cut the wood, which will be crafted into a sacred temple mask.

Read more in "That Old Bali Magic" in the June/July 2013 issue of National Geographic Traveler.

Photograph by Raymond Patrick

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