The Barong Dance

Balinese Dance An important part of the culture


Barong Dance

Probably, Barong is the most well known Balinese dance. This dance tells the story of the fight between good and evil. The Barong Dance is a good example of the Balinese way of acting out the relationship between mythology and history being blended into one reality. Rangda, the mother of Erlangga, the King of Bali in the tenth century, was condemned by Erlangga’s father because she practiced black magic. After she became a widow, she summoed all the evil spirits in the Jungle to punish Ertangga. A fight occurred, but she and her black magic troops were so strong that Erlangga had to ask fort he help of Barong.Barong came to help Erlangga’s soldiers.


They began to fight. Rangda cast a spell that made Erlangga’s soldiers all want to kill themselves. The soliders then pointed their poisoned keris, a sharpened sword like knife, into their own stomachs and chests. Barong then cast a stronger spell that helped the soldiers’ bodies resist the sharp keris. In the end, Barong’s powers proved to be stronger, thus Rangda ran away. A participant can die org et seriously injured in a Barong dance. It is said that if Rangda’s spell is too strong, a weak soldier may not be able to resist it. Even with the help of Barong, he may end up hurting himself with his own decision not be able to resist it.



The masks of Barong and Rangda are considered sacred items, and before they are brought out, a priest must offer blessings by sprinkling them with holy water taken from Mount Agung. As well as the priests blessings, offerings must be presented. Balinese Dancers are impressive and were originally not performed to entertain tourists. The meaning is based on beliefs in the Bali Hindu Religion. In these dances you will stil find much of the Balinese traditions.






The Barong – Play represence on eternal  fight between good and evil spirit Barong ( a mythological anima )represence a good spirit and Rangda  ( a mythological monster ) represents an evil one.



Followed by his friend the monkey, the  tiger comes up. Three masked, dancers, appear, representing meri making palmwine in the forest, whose child si killed by tiger. The three men get angry and attack the tiger which is helped by the three men During the fight nose of one of the three men is bitten off.


Two girl- dancers appear, representing the servants of the Rangda, looking fort he servarites of Dewi Kunti who are on the way to meet their Patih ( Prime Minister).


The servants of Dewi Kunti come. One of the servants of the Rangda changes into a witch enters both servants to maket hem angry. They meet their Patih and together to Dewi Kunti.


Dewi Kunti and her son, Sedewa come up. Dewi Kunti has promised the Rangda to sacrifice Sadewa. A witch appears and enters Dewi Kunti. She becomes angry and orders the Patih to brig Sadewa into the forest. The Patih is also entered by a wicth so he does not have Rity on Sadewa. Sadewa is then taken into a forest and tied up on tree.



Unknown by Rangda, Siva, God appears and give Sadewa immortality The Rangda appars, read to kill Sadewa and earn him up but Sadewa is still alive. She then surrenders and asks him to redeem herself, Sadewa agress and kils Rangda. The Rangda goes into Heaven.


One of the servats the Rangda called Kalika comes up before Sadewa and aska him to redeem herself too. Sadewa repuses. Kalika gets angry, and change herself into a boar and fights Sadewa. The boar can be defeated She than changes herself into a into a Rangda, Sadewa can not kill her. In such circumatararises Sadewa meditates and then he changes himself into a Barong a Still the Rangda seems to be too powerful and the fight is unended. Followers of the Barong appear and help him flight the Rangda.


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