BIZARRE photos have emerged of a Balinese man bathing in the cold lava flow that has poured from the Mount Agung volcano in a Hindu cleansing ritual.
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The man - named as Jero Kuncir Gimbal - is seen covered head to toe in the thick, grey sludge as the volcano continues to erupt.
Cold lava flows, also known as lahars, are mud flows consisting of volcanic ash, rocks and other debris.
The flows can travel quickly and effectively bulldoze or bury anything in their paths.
But one man has ignored their destructive powers - saying he was spiritually compelled to bathe in one flow at Bali’s Unda River.
Amazing photos show Jero allegedly conducting melukat, a Balinese Hindu cleansing ritual.
He told the Tribune Bali: “When I touched it and dipped my feet in, I felt a tremendous energy.
“I had the feeling I had to melukat there.”
Nearly fully submerged in the flow, only his head is showing in one photo as he sinks into the concrete-like flow.
FACEBOOKCold lava flows, also known as lahars, are mud flows consisting of volcanic ash
FACEBOOKAmazing photos show Jero conducting melukat
When I touched it and dipped my feet in, I felt a tremendous energy. I had the feeling I had to melukat there
Jero Kuncir Gimbal, Bali local and Hindu
While another image shows him laying on his back as if he were casually floating in an infinity pool.
The current in the laahr was quite strong, he said, adding he was “almost swept away”.
But he added that he “sensed, whatever happened was the will of the divine.”
The bizarre photos were posted on Facebook on Tuesday by user Putu Artini and have since gone viral, with more than 1,000 people reacting to the post and over 3,400 sharing it.
FACEBOOKThe man said he was spiritually compelled to bathe in the lahar