The “Barong” Dance
The Barong is a mythological beast with an immense coat
of fur and gilded leather vestments. The Barong is of demonic
origin, a symbol of kindness and protector of the village;
the people have made a beast in this image and have transformed
it into a playful benevolent creature.
In the middle of the huge jungle called Awindya, there
were two brothers living together named Sunda and Upasunda.
Both possessed great strength, being full bodied and having
supernatural powers and the two brothers attempted to conquer
the Swarga Loka, (Paradise).
Knowledge of their great power spread all over the Swarga
Loka, and it was noticed by the God Indra, who attempted
to find a way to disturb their yoga, delegating the task
to the God Siswakarma. God Siswakarma commenced the mission,
transforming himself into a very beautiful Goddess who could
attract the two brothers.
Her mission was to disturb their meditation and, if successful,
this would turn them against each other, resulting in fighting
between them and using their powers against one another.
Given they both wished to marry the Goddess, a large war
erupted between them.
During this battle of the supernatural powers, they both
transformed themselves back to their original shape to become
Rangda and Barong. During the battle, they both had forgotten
their mission for attacking the Swarga Loka as a result,
paradise was once again peaceful for the right reasons.