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Barong Dance Ubud
Barong Dance Ubud

Barong Dance

 

its located at Ubud Palace about 2 km from Hotel Agung Resort Ubud, the performance is held every Wednesday & Friday..

Barong is a lion-like creature and character in the mythology of BaliIndonesia.

He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda, the demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders in the mythological traditions of Bali.

The lion is the popular one, as it comes from the Gianyar region, where Ubud (the home of tourist’s Balinese dance ritual viewing) is located.

In traditional Barong dance performances, he is portrayed in his struggles against Rangda, it is the popular part of Balinese culture.

The mythical creature would dance along the street to the calon arang dance. A priest would throw holy water at it.

  • barong-danceThe dance opens with two playful monkeys teasing Barong in a peaceful environment.
  • 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.
  • The dance ends with the final battle between Barong and Rangda, concluding with the victory of Barong over Rangda.

Story

Barong Dance UbudBarong animal mask dance, together with sanghyang dance are considered native Balinese dances, predating Hindu influences.

The native Indonesians of Austronesian heritage often have similar mask dances that represent either ancestral or natural spirits; an example is Dayak‘s Hudoq dance.

The term barong is thought to have been derived from the local term bahruang, which today corresponds to the Indonesian word beruang which means “bear“.

It refers to a good spirit, that took the form of an animal as the guardian of forest.

Banas Pati Raja is the fourth “brother” or spirit child that accompanies a child throughout their life, which is a similar concept to guardian angels. Banas Pati Raja is the spirit which animates Barong. A protector spirit, he is often represented as a lion.

The shape of lion Barong is somewhat similar to a Pekingese dog. Its origins could be from animist worship, before Hinduism appeared, when villagers still believed in the supernatural protective power of animals.

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