Mulitcolored costume for the Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival

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Out of this world

The East Javan event is organized in honor of a sacred ritual called Kebo-keboan, in which local people ask their deities for prospering crops and blessings of good health.

The ritual dates back to the 18th century, when villagers were said to have cured a great epidemic by holding a ritual for Dewi Sri, the goddess symbolizing fertility and ricekeeping.

Since then, locals have taken the event to the next level with some of the most fantastical costumes you've probably ever seen.

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Blue costume for the Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival

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Green costume for the Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival

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Red and orange costume for the Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival

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Blue costume for the Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival

Photo: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

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Black and gold costume for the Banyuwangi Ethno Carnival

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