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Photo #24 – Barong Dance, Bali/Indonesia

I still have pictures from my Bali trip which I will post after I sort them out.  Here are some of them.  The most common barong dance in Bali is lion barong which is the symbol of good spirit.  It is probably the most well-known story telling dance.  In addition to barong, there are also women and men who dance and play the traditional instrument. The story narrating the fight of good and evil and will end with the final battle between Barong and Rangda (queen of evil), with the victory of barong over rangda. Rangda runs away, the evil is defeated, and the celestial order is restored.

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Practice 555 – #33

I like masks.  Masks that are not scary are fun to look at.  Masks often used in many folk story telling.  This is an Indonesian mask.  I have no idea if this is used in any story telling dance.  In Indonesia, people often use masks to perform dramatic Indonesian dance.  Each place in many of Indonesian provinces has its own masked dance.  They tell many various stories which are accompanied by narratives and traditional musical.

When I was growing up, I often watched these dances on many local TV programs.  Honestly speaking, I have no idea what they were talking about and what was going on.  They were so fascinating that I often did not care even if I could not understand.   Those  colorful clothing  and masks that  the performers wore were very vivid and it spiced up the whole story telling drama too.

practice 555 - #33 indonesian mask

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