recently, i went to bali, indonesia. spent my 4 days thr, visiting places and meeting wonderful ppl. i'll summarized my jalan2+shopping (not me la shopping, my sis, damn man dis gurl really knw hw 2 shop) ere, sharing pics and stories. enjoy!
Barong Dance in Batubulan, Bali, Indonesia
The first place we went was Batubulan, bout 1 hr driving from our hotel in Kuta beach. We went thr to watch Barong Dance. niceeeee~
the performance started at 0930hrs. Here's a brief description 'bout barong dance:
"Barong is probably the most well known dance. It is also another story telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil. This dance is the classic example of Balinese way of acting out mythology, resulting in myth and history being blended into one reality.
The story goes that Rangda, the mother of Erlangga, the King of Bali in the tenth century, was condemned by Erlangga's father because she practiced black magic. After she became a widow, she summoned all the evil spirits in the jungle, the leaks and the demons, to come after Erlangga. A fight occurred, but she and her black magic troops were too strong that Erlangga had to ask for the help of Barong. Barong came with Erlangga's soldiers, and fight ensued. Rangda casted a spell that made Erlangga soldiers all wanted to kill themselves, pointing their poisoned keris into their own stomachs and chests. Barong casted a spell that turned their body resistant to the sharp keris. At the end, Barong won, and Rangda ran away." (www.indo.com)
and dis is Mr. Barong.
"Somebody can die or get seriously injured in a Barong dance. It is said that if Rangda's spell is too strong, a weak soldier may not be able to resist it, even with the help of Barong. He may end up hurting himself with his own keris." Gempakk siottt! kebal beb...
more pics to come, chiowwww!!!