Balinese Carved Pumpkin

Balinese Carved Pumpkin
Here is a great story from Scott

I just discovered your cool site, and wanted to share some photos with you which you might enjoy. Back in 1999, I was living on the island of Bali in Indonesia, and my teenage kids decided they wanted to introduce the Halloween holiday to their Balinese friends. They held a party, and, when inviting their friends, suggested that anyone who wanted to could bring along a carved pumpkin as well. Only two kids took them up on their offer. One brought a traditional (and rather unimaginative) pumpkin, but the other brought the most amazing pumpkin I've ever seen.

The pumpkins available in Bali are smaller than those found in North America, and have a harder and yellower skin, with a very thick rind. These traits make it hard to carve a traditional jack-o-lantern, but offered a unique opportunity for one enterprising Balinese lad. The carver, whose name is Gupa, was in 7th grade at the time. He started by skinning the pumpkin, and then carved a Balinese demon, with features in 3 dimensions. The result was very impressive, especially considering it was his first attempt at carving a pumpkin (he is, however, an accomplished and creative woodcarver).

I have attached a photo of Gupa's creation. Pumpkin creativity is alive on the other side of the world!
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