This morning we attended a traditional Barong Dance, held in a village not far from Ubud. The village was selected by the government a few years ago because of its high concentration of batik painters, mask carvers, dancers, weavers, and musicians. All are essential for, and fully in display in, the Barong Dance. A Barong is a mythological animal (usually much like a lion) that represents good in a continual battle with Rangda (Demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders).
In a five-act presentation, the plans of Rangda to devour the son (Sadewa) of Dewi Kunti are foiled by witches, a Hindu god, servants of Dewi, a mischievous monkey, a boar, a bird, and finally the Barong. Supported by the music of a Gamelan orchestra, the performance is well worth seeing.
Later in the day, we stopped by a Batik outlet, a museum of Balinese Art (Museum Puri Lukisan), and the Ubud Royal Palace. In the latter, we watched a troupe of dancers, accompanied by another Gamelan orchestra, perform.
This evening ends the organized sectio of the Malaysian/Indonesian part of our trip. Tomorrow, we start a to days on our own at a southern Bali beach town, and then fly to Singapore for five days o our own. After that, we fly to Tokyo and start another tour.
To see all of the photos taken today, click on Friday, Mar 23rd, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.