February 19, 2008

Barong and Rangda

- Rangda and Sadewa, the two main characters, are both spirits. Sadewa, or the tiger, is pictured above. And, while Sadewa was supposedly the good spirit, it was hard to tell were the lines of good and evil could be drawn, if they were distinguishable at all.-

Famous for their dance, we could not pass-up the opportunity to see a traditional Balinese Hindu dance, more specifically, The Barong and Kris Dance.

Oppressing would be the best word for this performance; dying, death and fear seemed to grip the playwrites, the actors and somehow even the audience. To us the good guys didn't seems so good and the lines between what was evil and what was not were so blurry that we could not make out the difference. These few shots are a small glimpse at what we consider to be the terror of a Godless, man-made realm.

We left this play feeling uneasy, but if you would like to learn more about this Balinese Art you can check out this site:

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