Barong Dance

The Barong-play represents an eternal fight between good and evil spirit. Barong (a mythological animal) represents a good spirit and Rangda ( a mythological monster) represents an evil one.

The dance starts with music over tone

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

First Act.

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

Second Act

Two servants of Dewi Kunti turn up. One of the Rangda’s servants change into a witch and enters both servants to make them angry. They meet their Patih and go together to Dewi Kunti.

Third Act.

Dewi Kunti and her son, Sadewa comes up. Dewi Kunti has promised the Rangda to sacrifise Sadewa. A witch appears and enter Dewi Kunti. She becomes angry and orders the Patih to bring Sadewa into the forest. The Patih is also entered by a witch so he does not have pity on Sadewa. Sadewa is then taken into a forest and tied up to a tree.

Fourth Act.

Unknown by the Rangda, Siwa, the god appears and gives Sadewa immortality. The Rangda appears, ready to kill Sadewa and eat him up but Sadewa is still alive. Rangda then surrenders and asks Sadewa to redeem herself, Sadewa agrees and kills the Rangda. The Rangda goes into heaven

Fifth Act.

One of the Rangda’s servants called Kalika comes up before Sadewa and asks hi redeem herself too, Sadewa refuses. Kalika gets angry, and changes herself into a boar and fights sadewa. The boar is defeated. She then changes herself into a bird but is defeated again. At last she changes herself into a Rangda, Sadewa meditates and then he changes himself into a Barong. The Rangda still seems to be powerful and the fight is unended. Followwers of the Barong appear and help him fight the Rangda.

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