Every year, during the Hindu festival of Yadnya Kasada, the Tenggerese people climb up to the edge of the crater of Mount Bromo and throw coins, fruit, vegetables and live animals into the volcano as offerings to the mountain gods. However, not all of their offerings reach the gods. Locals from a nearby village in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia wait inside the crater with nets hoping to catch the money and food.

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A man holds a goat released by Hindu devotees of the Tengger tribeAman Rochman/AFP
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A man throws offerings into the volcanic crater of Mount BromoBeawiharta/Reuters
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Local people try to catch money thrown into the crater by worshippersBeawiharta/Reuters
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Villagers catch coins thrown by Hindu devotees of the Tengger tribe during the Yadnya Kasada festivalJuni Kriswanto/AFP
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People stand on the edge of the volcanic crater of Mount Bromo as smoke and ash rise during the Kasada ceremonyBeawiharta/Reuters
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A man carries offerings as he walks towards Mt BromoBeawiharta/Reuters
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A Hindu priest from the Tengger tribe holds offerings during the Yadnya Kasada festival, on the crater of Mount BromoAman Rochman/AFP
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A man holds a net as he waits for Hindu worshippers to throw offerings into the craterBeawiharta/Reuters

The festival has its origins in the 15th century when a princess named Roro Anteng started the principality of Tengger with her husband Joko Seger, and the childless couple asked the mountain gods for help in bearing children. The legend has it that the gods granted them 24 children on the provision that the 25th must be tossed into the volcano in sacrifice. Although the couple initially refused, they eventually agreed, and their 25th child, Kesuma, was finally sacrificed. The tradition of throwing sacrifices into the caldera to appease the mountain gods continues today.

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People hike up Mount Bromo to attend the Kasada ceremonyBeawiharta/Reuters
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A man stands on Mt Bromo during the festivalBeawiharta/Reuters
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People stand on the edge of the volcanic craterBeawiharta/Reuters
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Villagers gather before heading up towards the crater of Mt BromoBeawiharta/Reuters
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A man walks across the volcanic landscapeBeawiharta/Reuters

The Tenggerese or Tengger people live in villages in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in east-central Java. They are generally Hindu, but they also worship Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa, which translates as "Big Almighty Lord", as well as several Buddhist deities. The main Tenggerese temple is Pura Luhur Poten on the Sea of Sands at the foot of Mount Bromo. They gather here before setting off up Mount Bromo with their offerings for the mountain gods.