Down Memory Lane: Barong and Rangda

Barong, the symbol of virtue and good in Balinese mythology.

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice. These images are scanned from slides taken in 1987)

On one of the first days we were in Bali, our group was taken to an outdoor theater to see a traditional Balinese dance drama that depicted the struggle between Barong and Rangda. The dance represents the eternal battle between good and evil.

Rangda, the symbol of evil.

Barong is a symbol of health and good fortune, while Rangda is a child-eating witch who leads an army of evil witches against the forces of good — Barong.

Queen Dewi Kunti and her stepson, who will be sacrificed to placate the anger of Rangda.

In the version of the story we saw, the stepson of the queen was to be sacrificed to placate the anger of Rangda.

Unti, a minister of Dewi Kunti

The king sent his prime minister to deal with Rangda, although he was unsuccessful.  His failure set the stage for the battle between Barong and Rangda.

The dance/drama was definitely interesting and provided a glimpse into traditional Balinese culture.

To see larger versions of these pictures, as well as others from the performance, click HERE.

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12 Responses to “Down Memory Lane: Barong and Rangda”

  1. Jennifer A. Jilks Says:

    What an adventure!

  2. Dayphoto Says:

    What a fun experience! Thank you for sharing this with us

  3. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    Goodness, what a storyline!! You got really good pictures of this ceremony.

  4. Betsy Says:

    Bali Hai is calling!!!!!!! I’ll take all of the Barong I can get right now…. Keep the Rangda away….


  5. rhiebert Says:

    Very interesting.

  6. Suz Says:

    Wow, that is interesting and kind of scary too! Great photos and what a trip it must have been!

  7. Sartenada Says:

    Hello George.

    It was a great joy to see Your wow-photos. Thank You. Have a good day!

  8. Jeevan Says:

    That sounds an interesting play and great shots on the scenes!

  9. dianeDiane Says:

    Lovely colourful photos which have given you wonderful memories.

  10. Eglevsky Ballet Says:

    I loved this post! Reading your blog is an inspiration to
    myself and the Eglevsky Ballet. Keep creating great content, we continue
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  11. Great-Granny Grandma Says:

    Great pictures of this drama. I’m loving your blog. Just wish you had a follow button.

  12. Sartenada Says:

    Hello George.

    We have never been to Bali! This means that it was a great joy to admire your beautiful photos. Then you.

    Have a nice day!

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