Monday, March 11, 2013

Ogoh-ogoh And Anti-Corruption Campaign

Jakarta’s Hindus participate in a religious procession along with giant ogoh-ogoh effigies in connection with the observance of Nyepi (Hindu Day of Silence) at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Jakarta on Sunday. Hindus in Indonesia will observe Nyepi on Tuesday this year. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

 Several motorists and pedestrians pass by an “Ogoh-ogoh” or giant effigy bearing a physical resemblance to that of graft suspect and former Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum being executed at the National Monument (Monas), in Denpasar, on Sunday. Various Ogoh-ogoh effigies are displayed and even sent to competitions in Denpasar held to celebrate Nyepi Saka New Year 1935. (JP/Agung Parameswara). Photos from here
 
I love the idea of corruption eradication campaign using religious themes. I have seen several campaigns using Islamic theme. Since tomorrow is Hindu Day of Silence, the second photo makes a good example. 

Ogoh-ogoh, which usually takes the form of mythological beings, is considered a symbol of modes that form malicious characters.

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