Barong Dance

By | September 10, 2014

Barong Dance

The Philoshopy Story behind Barong Dance

Barong Dance is a typical Balinese dance that mostly knowing  from the treasures of the Pre-Hindu culture. This dance depicts the battle between virtue (dharma) and evil (adharma). Form of virtue played  by Barong (the dancers with costumes quadruped) while the manifestation of evil played by Rangda, the sinister figure with two pointy fangs in his mouth.

Barong Dance

Type of Barong Dance

There are several types of commonly displayed Barong Dance in Bali, such as Barong Ket, Barong Bangkal (pig), Barong Macan, Barong Landung. However, among the types of Barong is most often a tourist treat is Barong Ket or Barong Keket that used costumes and dances that have more complex than another among Barong dance. One of the best place to watch this attraction is on Jalan Batubulan that offers every day attraction of Barong dance.

Barong Ket costume generally combination between lions, tigers, and bulls. In their body decorated with ornaments from leather, pieces of mirror glass, and also features the feathers of pandan leaf fibers. Barong is played by two dancers (Saluk interpreter / interpreter bapang) one dancer takes a position in front of the motion plays Barong head and front legs, while the second dancer is behind the rear legs and tail of the  Barong.

Story of Barong Dance

People that saw the barong ket in first glance said that the Barong Ket is not much different from the usual Lion Dance performed by the people of China. There is  a story that is played in this show is different, the story of the fight between Barong and Rangda are equipped with other figures, such as Kera / Monkey (friend Barong), Dewi Kunti, Sahadev (son Kunti), and followers of Rangda Rangdi.The Story  is starting when mother of the Erland (King Bali in the tenth century), was condemned by the father grants for practicing magic / black magic. After becoming a widow, she summoned all the evil spirits in the jungle and the demons, came to grants.

The fight broke out, but Rangda forces are too strong, Erland had to ask for help. Barong came and fight the Rangda magic  Make all grants suicidal soldiers, they poisoned dagger thrust into their own stomachs and chests. Successfully Barong protects the forces so immune to the sharp keris. In the end, Barong won, and Rangda ran away.


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