Barong Dance, The legend Dance in Bali.
There are so many dances in Bali such as; Pendet Dance, Oleg Tamulilingan Dance, Legong Dance, Barong Dance, Kecak Dance, Mask Dance and many more (I’ll write about all these Balinese dances on other occasions). Balinese Dances are classified according to their function of three types: Wali Dance (religious sacred dances), Bebali dance, (accompaniment dance of the ceremony), (3) Balih-balihan Dance (dances that performed as entertainment). In this occasion I will write about Barong Dance, which classified as entertainment dance. Barong Dance is one of Balinese dance which is a apart of pre-Hindu culture, the word “Barong” comes from the word Bahruang which means bears, is a mythology animal that has supernatural powers, regarded as a protector. Barong Dance is the most popular performance for foreigner and local tourists. This dance represents an eternal fight between good and evil spirit, Barong represents a good spirit and Rangda represents an evil. So don’t leave Bali before watching Barong Dance.
In general, the Barong Dance ‘s plots in Bali are as follows;
The Dances begin 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, then got angry and attack the tiger which is helped by the monkey. During the fight the nose of one of the three men is bitten off.
First Act; Two girl-dancers appear, representing the servants of the Rangda, looking for the servants of Dewi Kunti who are on the way to meet their Patih (Prime Minister).
Second Act; The servants of Dewi Kunti come. One of the servants of the Rangda changes into a witch 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 come up. Dewi Kunti has promised the Rangda to sacrifice Sadewa. A witch appears and enters Dewi Kunti. She become 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 on tree.
Fourth Act; Unknown by Rangda, Siwa, God appears and gives Sadewa immortality. The Rangda appears, ready to kill Sadewa and eat him up but Sadewa is still alive. She then surrenders and asks him to redeem herself, Sadewa agrees and kills the Rangda. The Rangda goes into Heaven.
Fifth Act; One of servants of the Rangda called Kalika comes up before Sadewa and asks him to redeem herself too, Sadewa refuses. Kalika gets angry, and change herself into a boar and fights Sadewa. The boar is defeated. She then changes herself into a bird but was defeated again. At last she
changes herself into a Rangda, Sadewa cannot kill her. In such circumstanses Sadewa changes himself into a Barong. Still the Rangda seems to be too powerful and the fight is unended. Followers of the Barong appear and help him fight the Rangda. . The show ends.
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