The sacred Barong dance, practiced throughout Indonesia, it is probably the most popular representation of Balinese. Depicts the fight between Barong – monstrous god-animal symbol of goodness and fertility – and Rangda – witch symbol of evil. When the dance you have episodes of trance among participants. The fight has represented a winner because the population considers fundamental in human life both good and evil; In fact, in Bali there are temples dedicated to the forces of good and the underworld temples dedicated to the forces of evil and death. Barong is a dragon traceable in many events in the Far East and consists of a large animated mask by at least two men.
The Sacred Barong Dance Highlights
The Barong is mixed with many other genres spectacular during festive occasions Balinese; for example with the Topeng, celebrating the meeting between the Balinese and Hindu raja of Java; Legong Keraton-with, female dance arising from court dances performed by children between seven and ten years old, trained hard.
As a first lap to go in the interior of the island I should go to Ubud through Batubulan. As transportation Bali is reasonably equipped and taxis are really cheap, but the best solution is to rent a car! You can also reach Ubud by minibuses, called “bemos”, starting from Denpasar and Kuta.
The first stage is therefore the village of Batubulan, famous for the performances of the Barong dance. This is the place to go to see this ceremony, called Sahadewa! The Barong is a traditional Balinese sacred dance that is the eternal struggle between the good, the god of good and Barong symbol of fertility, and the evil, the witch Rangda. The fight has no solution because the population considers fundamental both good and evil in human life. The Barong is represented by a giant mask behind which there are at least two men. This ceremony is performed every 210 days and is like a birthday all the temples that are built. Hindus of Bali, as you’ll see, they are very religious and believe very much in the power of the spirit!
It’s great to witness this type of ceremonies and see the effort and care they put into preparing them! I love these different cultures!
Leaving behind Batubulan before reaching Ubud I recommend punters in Batuan to visit the local houses and see the importance they give to the temple than other areas. Almost all the houses, though poor, have three areas called gardens: one for evil spirits, a temple and a home. Some older people are still sleeping on bamboo mats outdoors as the old! Do not be impressed to find that amount of roosters, they use them for fighting!