BARONG AND RANGDA DANCE
Barong and Rangda is one of the most famous dances in Bali. This dance tells the battle between good and evil. This dance is a truth example that Bali has a history and mythology which is very strong that is still protected by the society till today.
The story goes that Rangda, the mother of Erlangga, King of Bali in the tenth century, was condemned by the father Erlangga because she was doing black magic in order to hurt others. Erlangga father was furious and divorced with her. After she became a widow, she summoned all the evil spirits in the forest, the devil, to come help her to revenge to the royal family.
A fight broke out, but she and her black magic forces are too powerful makes Erlangga should ask for help Barong. Barong willing to help Erlangga and form a strong army, and a struggle ensued. Rangda pronounce cast a spell that makes Erlangga soldiers all wanted to commit suicide, they encourage a poisoned dagger into the belly and chest of their own. Barong reply it with pronounce cast a spell that transforms the soldiers become invulnerable to the sharp weapon. In the end, Barong won and Rangda ran.
In the process, this dance is very dangerous because of the potential to injure the dancers. So, not everyone is allowed to perform this dance. This dance should only be performed by those who are appointed by religious leaders and had performed the ceremony before the show.
Barong and Rangda masks are considered sacred objects, and before they were taken out, a priest must held a ceremony by sprinkling an holy water which taken from Mount Agung.
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