Hot spot for showers of blessings

Villagers position themselves on the slopes near the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, Indonesia, in an attempt to catch money thrown in by worshippers as smoke and ash rise from the volcano. The ethnic Tengger people throw offerings like fruit,
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Villagers position themselves on the slopes near the crater of  Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, Indonesia, in an attempt to catch money thrown in by worshippers as smoke and ash rise from the volcano.

The ethnic Tengger people throw offerings like fruit, vegetables and rice, and livestock into the volcano during the annual Yadnya Kasada Festival.

These offerings are given to seek blessings from the deity of  Mount Bromo, Hyang Widi Wasa, and Mahadeva, the god of the mountain. The festival's origins are believed to date from the Majapahit era.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2016, with the headline 'Hot spot for showers of blessings'. Print Edition | Subscribe