Friday, January 2, 2015

Barong is a character in the mythology of Bali


Barong is a character in the mythology of Bali. He is the king of the spirits and symbolize goodness. He is an enemy of Rangda in the mythology of Bali. Banas Pati Rajah is the spirit that accompany a child in her life. Banas Pati Rajah is believed to be the spirit that drives the Barong. As a guardian spirit, Barong is often shown as a lion. Traditional operas in Bali which depicts the battle between Barong and Rangda is well known and often performed as a tourist attraction.

Barong Bali is one of the many varieties Balinese performing arts. Barong Dance is a traditional Balinese dance characterized by masks and costumes worn by the body which can be one or two people to dance. In Bali there are several types of barong namely Barong Ket, Barong Bangkal, Barong Landung, Barong Macan, Barong Gajah, Barong Asu, Barong Brutuk, Barong Lembu, Barong Kedingkling, Barong Kambing, and Barong Gagombrangan.

Barong lion is one of the few of the most frequently encountered. On the island of Bali every part of the island of Bali has a guardian spirit of the land and forests. Each Barong of which represents a particular area is described as a different animal. There are wild boar, tiger, snake or dragon and lion. Barong shape as the lion is very popular and is derived from Gianyar. Located Ubud, which is a famous tourist spot. In Calonarong or dances of Bali, Barong uses his magical knowledge to defeat Rangda.