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Balinese Villagers Celebrate The Annual Ngusaba Puseh Ritual...KARANGASEM, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 11: A Balinese man in a state of trance dances wearing a sacred Rangda mask during a sacred ritual of Ngusaba Puseh at Selumbung Village on September 11, 2014 in the Karangasem District, Bali, Indonesia. The Ngusaba Puseh  ritual is performed once a year to celebrate the ancestors of the local community and show gratitude to God.  (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

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A Balinese man in a state of trance dances wearing a sacred Rangda mask during a sacred ritual of Ngusaba Puseh at Selumbung Village in the Karangasem District, Bali, Indonesia

An Indian boy walks through an old gate decorated with horseshoes in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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An Indian boy walks through an old gate decorated with horseshoes in Allahabad, India

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A man returns to his flat at the end of the work day at a Housing Development Board public housing estate overlooking the financial district skyline in Singapore. 

Pedestrians use umbrellas as they walk in the district of Central in Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Hong Kong was handed back to China by Britain on July 1, 1997 under a "one country, two systems" agreement, which allows residents civil liberties not seen on the mainland, including free speech and the right to protest. But public discontent is at its highest for years notably over Beijing's insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city's next leader in 2017.

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Pedestrians use umbrellas as they walk in the district of Central in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was handed back to China by Britain on July 1, 1997 under a “one country, two systems” agreement, which allows residents civil liberties not seen on the mainland, including free speech and the right to protest. But public discontent is at its highest for years notably over Beijing’s insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city’s next leader in 2017. 

An Indonesian dancer waits for the start of a cultural parade marking the country's 69th Independence Day celebration in Jakarta...An Indonesian dancer waits for the start of a cultural parade marking the country's 69th Independence Day celebration in Jakarta August 18, 2014.

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An Indonesian dancer waits for the start of a cultural parade marking the country’s 69th Independence Day celebration in Jakarta. 

Indian Hindu devotees gesture before attempting to form a human pyramid in a bid to reach and break a dahi-handi (curd-pot) suspended in air during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Hindu god Lord Krishna, in Mumbai on August 18, 2014. Participants receive prize money by constructing a human pyramid tall enough to enable the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents after breaking it.  AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEEINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

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Hindu devotees in Mumbai, India form a human pyramid in an effort to reach and break a dahi-handi (curd-pot) suspended in the air during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Krishna. Participants win prize money by helping the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents. 

Buddhist monks and volunteers c...TOPSHOTS Buddhist monks and volunteers clean the 15-metre-tall great Buddha statue during the annual Ominugui ceremony at Todaiji Temple in Japan's ancient capital Nara, western Japan on August 7, 2014. People visited the temple as they believe that a person who collects the dust during the ceremony will be trouble-free for a year. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS    JAPAN OUTJIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images

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Buddhist monks and volunteers clean the 15m-high great Buddha statue during the annual Ominugui ceremony at Todaiji temple in the ancient capital of Nara, in western Japan. People visit the temple in the belief that a person who collects the dust during the ceremony will be trouble-free for a year. 

TOPSHOTS Chinese rescuers carry an injuried resident after an earthquake hit an area of Ludian county in Zhaotong in southwest China's Yunnan province on August 3, 2014. At least 150 people were killed and 1,300 injured after a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, state media said. The quake in Zhaotong prefecture, in the province's northeast, toppled buildings and left residents frantically searching for survivors beneath the rubble, images on social media showed.  AFP PHOTO/STR  CHINA OUTSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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Chinese rescuers carry an injuried resident after an earthquake hit an area of Ludian county in Zhaotong in southwest China‘s Yunnan province. The quake in Zhaotong prefecture, in the province’s northeast, toppled buildings and left residents frantically searching for survivors beneath the rubble. 

Bengal tigers play in a pool of water at the zoo in Malabon, Metro Manila...Bengal tigers play in a pool of water at the zoo in Malabon, Metro Manila, July 11, 2014.   REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)

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Bengal tigers play in a pool of water at the zoo in Malabon, Manila 

Participants compete in a dragon boat race in Hong Kong Monday, June 2, 2014, as part of celebrations marking the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, held throughout Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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Participants compete in a boat race in Hong Kong as part of celebrations marking the Chinese dragon boat festival.