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Communities have different ways of responding to pressures on their traditionally-held beliefs. When a conservative faction in Johor state revived a religious fatwah against the art of Kuda Kepang, the response was loud and clear. In the heart of Parit Raja, the ethnic Javanese community rose up with a ritual performance that awakened the spirit of the harimau (tiger). The energy merged into a Kuda Kepang performance as powerful as any I have witnessed. The camaraderie was charged, the smoke heavy, the sounds ferocious. Here are a few images created in the light of the call for respect.

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Author Cheryl

Rarely without my camera, I am inspired by energy in a crowd, the peacefulness of light, and the intensity of spirit. Based in Malaysia, I photograph rituals and traditions, ceremonies and celebrations, beliefs and ideas.

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