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Rangda & Barong's omake – WIP

So if you’ve been following the Rangda & Barong thread, then you know the foreground is pretty much resolved and I am thinking about the background now. I could go with the one I already have, but I might use one of these instead…

#1 Buddha

while I love this piece, it clashes ideologically with the foreground, but I will definitely utilize it somewhere else

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#2 Angkor Wat style

This is pretty much exactly what I saw in my mind's eye when I was working on the original but the composition would have to be tweaked to be the background here

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#3 monolithic head

the poor sod didn't even get a jungle background

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#4 rough sketch

this is a rough sketch of the previous composition

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#5 mask test

for some reason, the postwork made this look really flat

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  1. I do remember wrestling announcer Mike Tenay when he worked with Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling when he said Mexican wrestlers wore masks since during the earlier days during wars against other nations it was one way to have an edge over their foes.

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What do you think?

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      • Actually, what I mean input up there is your consideration, thought, or reason. But because you asked for suggestions, a little input below might be useful.

        In this context, historically, Rangda most likely is the queen of Mahendradatta who lived on the island of Java and Barong (who was the king of good spirits) as an embodiment of Airlangga, from the Hindu kingdoms. Likewise as philosophical symbols of Balinese Hinduism and one of several mythologies that Barong and Rangda are described as having balanced power. Both are also endowed with immortality, resulting in endless battles. Because they are equally strong, both of them continue to fight without one of the parties losing.

        The story of this eternal battle is then raised in barong dance. Barong dance has many versions. One simple and short version is the barong rangda dance (which is performed regularly on the amphitheater stage of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana complex). This dance is an introduction for ordinary people to understand the concept of Bhakti Bheda which is part of the life principle of Balinese people. Even more frightening is what is often shown by high Balinese Hindu priests in a mystical ceremony of war between the two.

        In the spiritual belief of Balinese Hindus, there is a concept of rwa bhineda which literally means two differences that run harmoniously. In more depth, this concept explains that the universe was created by the Almighty in conditions of pairing but has the opposite nature. Like goodness, pair with bad, man and woman, black with white, and so on.

        The pair of characters who are different from each other in the Hindu concept is seen as having to co-exist with each other. Both do not negate or negate each other. Rwa Bhineda teaches that the two opposing things actually balance one another so that life goes hand in hand. For this reason, Balinese people view differences, not as obstacles that must be eliminated, but made to be in harmony.

        If you need references to some Hindu temples in Bali, here are some of them: Gunung Kawi Temple, Tebing Tegallinggah Temple, Uluwatu Temple, and Besakih Temple, but indeed if you want to use Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal or Padangtegal Great Temple of Death, it would be scarier.

          • That applies the same here.
            If I emphasize Hinduism here, I just want to say that although historically both characters have originated from Java, both are more rooted, developed, and popular in Balinese Hinduism. So, maybe as a background, the atmosphere that you can build is with that nuance.

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