Photographs of sacred rituals and ceremonies in Asia by Bangkok-based photographer and author Hans Kemp can be seen in the front hall of the Leiden Town Hall from 27 June to 19 August 2019. Here a sneak preview.
Just behind the neon signs, the marble and stainless-steel façades, the luxury cars and glitzy shopping malls, lies a different world, revealing itself through elaborate spirit rituals, blood-curdling ceremonies and exuberant festivals. For many people throughout Asia, life’s crucial decisions such as marriage, moving to a new city or the purchase of property are too important to be left to the rational mind alone. As a hedge against future uncertainties, spirits and deities need to be placated, worshipped and feted. And should misfortune strike, a healer or shaman navigates the spirit realms in search of a cure.
The Chosen One
God’s own army
Trance on the Edge
The exhibition Divine Encounters. Sacred Rituals and Ceremonies in Asiacan be seen in the front hall of the Leiden Town Hall from 27 June to 19 August 2019. It is being held to mark ICAS 11, the 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars in Leiden. The photos come from the book with the same title with 288 photos and in-depth explanations of ceremonies and rituals in ten countries. The book, which is by award-winning photographer and crime writer, Hans Kemp, will be on sale at Kooyker bookshop in Leiden during the exhibition.