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Javanese people mark Labuhan

Javanese people have performed the Labuhan ceremony at Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The ceremony is believed to help preserve the balance of nature, and the ritual is a tribute to Prince Sapujahat, ruler of Mount Merapi. Held one day after the commemoration of the Sultan’s coronation, a procession of people climb to the second top of the mount, where they make prayers and offerings to the gods of their tradition

Javanese people mark Labuhan
Javanese people pray during the Labuhan ceremony at Mount Merapi on May 31, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Labuhan Merapi ceremony is believed to help prevent the balance of nature. The ritual is a tribute to Prince Sapujagat, ruler of Mount Merapi and is held one day after the Commemoration of the Sultan's coronation. The procession will take the participants to the second top of Mount Merapi where they will make prayers and offerings to the gods. (Getty Images)
Javanese people mark Labuhan
Javanese people attend the Labuhan ceremony at Mount Merapi on May 31, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Labuhan Merapi ceremony is believed to help prevent the balance of nature. The ritual is a tribute to Prince Sapujagat, ruler of Mount Merapi and is held one day after the Commemoration of the Sultan's coronation. The procession will take the participants to the second top of Mount Merapi where they will make prayers and offerings to the gods. (Getty Images)
Javanese people mark Labuhan
Javanese people pray during the Labuhan ceremony at Mount Merapi on May 31, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Labuhan Merapi ceremony is believed to help prevent the balance of nature. The ritual is a tribute to Prince Sapujagat, ruler of Mount Merapi and is held one day after the Commemoration of the Sultan's coronation. The procession will take the participants to the second top of Mount Merapi where they will make prayers and offerings to the gods. (Getty Images)
Javanese people mark Labuhan
Javanese people jostle for the 'Gunungan' during the Labuhan ceremony at Mount Merapi volcano on May 31, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Labuhan Merapi ceremony is believed to help prevent the balance of nature. The ritual is a tribute to Prince Sapujagat, ruler of Mount Merapi and is held one day after the Commemoration of the Sultan's coronation. The procession will take the participants to the second top of Mount Merapi where they will make prayers and offerings to the gods. (Getty Images)
Javanese people mark Labuhan
Javanese people carry offerings during the Labuhan ceremony on the slopes of Mount Merapi volcano on May 31, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Labuhan Merapi ceremony is believed to help prevent the balance of nature. The ritual is a tribute to Prince Sapujagat, ruler of Mount Merapi and is held one day after the Commemoration of the Sultan's coronation. The procession will take the participants to the second top of Mount Merapi where they will make prayers and offerings to the gods. (Getty Images)
Javanese people mark Labuhan
Javanese people prepare offerings during the Labuhan ceremony at Mount Merapi on May 31, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Labuhan Merapi ceremony is believed to help prevent the balance of nature. The ritual is a tribute to Prince Sapujagat, ruler of Mount Merapi and is held one day after the Commemoration of the Sultan's coronation. The procession will take the participants to the second top of Mount Merapi where they will make prayers and offerings to the gods. (Getty Images)
Javanese people mark Labuhan
Javanese people walk after the ceremony with mount Merapi in the background during the Labuhan ceremony on the slopes of the Mount Merapi volcano on May 31, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Labuhan Merapi ceremony is believed to help prevent the balance of nature. The ritual is a tribute to Prince Sapujagat, ruler of Mount Merapi and is held one day after the Commemoration of the Sultan's coronation. The procession will take the participants to the second top of Mount Merapi where they will make prayers and offerings to the gods. (Getty Images)
Javanese people mark Labuhan
Javanese people carry offerings during the Labuhan ceremony on the slopes of Mount Merapi volcano on May 31, 2014 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The Labuhan Merapi ceremony is believed to help prevent the balance of nature. The ritual is a tribute to Prince Sapujagat, ruler of Mount Merapi and is held one day after the Commemoration of the Sultan's coronation. The procession will take the participants to the second top of Mount Merapi where they will make prayers and offerings to the gods. (Getty Images)