Jathilan is a traditional Javanese dance ritual that that is rooted in the ancient pre-Islamic culture, but remains popular nowadays. Performers are believed to be possessed by spirits. In some sort of a trance condition they may act like animals, eat burning incense or even glass. Finally, the pawang (trance master) and his assistants have to take care of the performers to make spirits peacefully leave their bodies.
Illustrated article on Jathilan was published in Discovery Magazine Russia #2 2015.
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