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Barong ~ 365 Photos Challenge #50

After the day’s work is done, my activities this afternoon are visiting someplace that sale Balinese souvenir.

The special thing that always catches my attention is Balinese Barong mask.

The shape of these masks is very diverse and has many meanings and intentions. Quite a lot of people outside Bali who are afraid just to see this mask let alone to buy and put it at home.

Barong Bali is one of Bali’s many performing arts scene. Barong is a traditional Balinese dance that is marked by Mask and body costumes that can be worn by one or two people to dance it. Barong Bali believed to be a metamorphosis of barong Ponorogo or Reog, by the king of Airlangga (founder of Kahuripan Kingdom in East Java, who reigned on 1009-1042 with the title of Abhiseka Sri Maharaja Rakai Halu Sri Dharmawangsa Airlangga Anantawikramottunggadewa) while fleeing to the island of Bali to save themselves one time. in addition to barong Ponorogo brought to Bali, but also like literary arts, Javanese script, and religious. In the development of barong Ponorogo, the mask has had changed its form and story according to adjust the condition of society in Bali that is devoted to spiritual activities.

The influence that can be on the barong Bali can be viewed on the form barong Ponorogo when appearing without the crown of peacock  or Kucingan (The mask with a very large size weighing about 30 kilograms and can reach 60 kg with a peacock crown) and on the Rangda (Queen of Leak in Balinese mythology) mask who get the influence of mask Bujang Ganong (mask dance from Ponorogo). As well as groups of people who explore the secret of spiritual power on parents who got an influence on the behavior of real activities young warok (dancer in the art of reog) and old warok with powerful magic (we call it sakti mandraguna) that is currently still awake in Ponorogo – East Java, although the activity is currently closed to certain circles.

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  1. You know what amazed me the first time I set foot in Bali? The airport. No other airport has those eloquent wall designs — it seems to transport you to a completely different place. In most cases, airports are like a melting pot coz you see a lot of people from different races but those walls are kinda like a reminder that you are really in Bali. Understand what I am saying? Haha

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  2. You know what amazed me the first time I set foot in Bali? The airport. No other airport has those eloquent wall designs — it seems to transport you to a completely different place. In most cases, airports is like a melting pot coz you see a lot of people from different races but those walls are kinda like a reminder that you are really in Bali. Understand what I am saying? Haha

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    • Thanks a lot, LaJenna. The Balinese Hindu community is deeply respectful of life in all its plains, they are also very aware of these unseen things and this mask with Rangda often becomes an important part for the arts and rituals to communicate with the occult as well as to avoid certain epidemics.

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