Barong & Rangda Dance
The traditional Barong and Rangda Dance tells a story about a fun-loving Barong and the evil witch Rangda.
This Barong Keket wear a mask, corresponding with a mythical "lion" and the follower friend "monkey". Barong, a mythical creature with long swayback and curved tail, represent the affirmative, the protector of Mankind, the glory of the high sun, and the favorable spirits associated with the right and white magic. Rangda, the widow-witch, is its opposite complement. She rules the evil spirits and witches who haunt graveyards late at night. Her habitat is darkness and her specialties lie with the practice of black magic, the destructive force of the left.
It stages the story of Kunti Sraya, a favourite theme of drama, depicts from the main episode of the famous Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. This special story is about Dewi Kunti, the mother of the five Pandawas who for some reasons, has promised to sacrifice Sadewa, one of her five sons to Rangda.
There is a scene in this dance where the witch uses magic to force her adversaries to stab themselves with their own knife.