In 2000, artist and academic Gilles Massot's focus turned to research with the 2003 book “Bintan, the phoenix of the Malay Archipelago”. Our collective archive features a selection from Gilles Massot's photography slides archive of Riau Islands taken between 2000-2003, which were made during the course of his research.
PDF of his book is available online: https://www.academia.edu/43507986/Bintan_Phoenix_Of_The_Malay_Archipelago
Last row of images, from left to right:
Mandi Sapar Ceremony: Locals bathing in the local river for good health Bintan Bukit Batu sees a colourful festival in the Muslim month of Sapar, during which people bathe in the local river to ensure good health throughout the year. The ceremony called Mandi Sapar is concluded with a group prayer beside the keramat grave of Tun Putri Cempaka, wife of the founder of Kota Segara.
Prayers after the Mandi Sapar Ceremony: Locals gathering around the keramat grave of Tun Putri Cempaka, wife of the founder Kota Segara, after the Mandi Sapar ceremony.