The Barong is an ancient mythical creature that comes in 5 different shapes: the lion, the dragon, the serpent, the boar, and the tiger. Of the 5, the lion is the most popular and well-known, with its domineering and towering figure, often shown in costumes with a height twice that of an adult human being.The Balinese consider the Barong as the King of the Spirits, representing Virtue and Goodness. The creature is also the very symbol of the protective spirit of the islands.
This year’s festival season in Bali starts with the spectacular Bali Barong Festival 2016, which is a series of events celebrating the mythical being that protects the island and its forests. This festival was conducted to support the barong ket, one of Balinese dance which has been recognized as an intangible world cultural heritage by UNESCO.
The festival is a celebration of all the different incarnations of the Barong, presented in various events such as Barong dance competitions, art exhibitions, a photography exhibit, as well as a presentation of the art of Makendang, which is accompanied by traditional Balinese percussion instruments.
The event was titled “Regeneration Competition” Bapang Barong & Makendang. Categories barong contested among others Barong Ket, Barong buntut and makendang. The purpose of this event is preserving traditions for future generations and making the young generation love this dance. The festival will be held for two days from January 22nd to 23rd, 2016, at the Art Center Cultural Park in Denpasar.
Among the highlights of the festival is the Barong Dance, which depicts the battles of the lion Barong against Rangda, who is a wicked queen set to bestow evil and disaster upon the villages of Bali. It is considered to be the island’s most sacred dance and represents the struggles between good and evil while also showing the complexities of the relationship between people and the supernatural world.The lion Barong or also known as Barong Ket is a sight to behold – often decorated with the most intricate of carved leathers and hundreds of sparkling small glass mirrors placed strategically around the costume.
It is recommended event to enjoy in Paradise Island when you get holiday, where you just book your trip through a reliable travel agency. I believe your trip will be awesome and unforgettable experience.