Barong And Keris Dance

Barong And Keris Dance

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Barong And Keris Dance, The eternal feud between the Barong figure who became a symbol of kindness with Rangda that manifests evil.

Barong and Keris dance is one of many Balinese traditional dance. The Barong is a lion-like creature and character in the mythology of Bali, Indonesia. He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and also Rangda’s enemy. In the Balinese mythology Rangda is the demon queen and also mother of all spirit guarders. The fight between Barong and Rangda is in Barong dance scene to represent the eternal battle between good and evil.

Barong is a character in the mythology of Bali. Its can take various forms, but in this dance he takes the form of the dance Barong Keket. Barong keket is the most holy of the Barongs.  Banas Pati Rajah is the spirit which animates Barong. A protector spirit, he is often represented by a lion. And traditional performances of Barong struggles against Rangda are popular parts of Balinese culture.

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Culture and history info

The Barong is the magical protector of Balinese villages. As & lord of the forest with fantastic fanged mask and long mane, he is the opponent of Rangda the witch, who rules over the spirits of darkness, in the never ending fight between good and evil. During the Galungan Kuningan festivals, the Barong (there are many types, including barong ket, barong macan, and barong bangkal) wanders from door to door (nglawang) cleansing the territory of evil influences. Barong and Kris dance like the kecak dance the Barong and Kris dance is a battle between good and evil spirit. Barong can take various forms but in this dance he takes the form of the dance Barong Keket, the most holy of the Barongs. The Barong Keket is a strange creature, half shaggy dog, half lion and is played by two men in much the same way as a circus clown-horse. His opponent is the witch Rangda. The dance opens with two playful monkeys teasing Barong in a peaceful environment. The next scene is popularly known as "Keris Dance". The Rangda character appears and wreaks havoc. She casts black magic upon male dancers, who represent Airlangga's soldiers, and orders them to commit suicide. In a trance, these men stab themselves on their chest with their own kris. Meanwhile, Barong and the priest cast protective magic on these men, which makes them invulnerable to sharp objects. The dance ends with the final battle between Barong and Rangda, concluding with the victory of Barong over Rangda. Rangda runs away, the evil is defeated, and the celestial order is restored. Barong is probably the most well known dance. It is also another story telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil. This dance is the classic example of Balinese way of acting out mythology, resulting in myth and history being blended into one reality. Culture and history image

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