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It is unclear where the barong originated, however it is generally accepted that a barong is a physical manifestation of a protective spirit which guards people from evil influences. In Bali, it dates back to ancient, pre-Hindu times when animism … Continue reading
In 2015, I went to Terunyan Village in the Batur region to check out a rare temple ceremony that is normally only held every 15 years. My main motivation was not the ceremony itself but the fact that there was … Continue reading
According to an article in the Bali Post in 2010, the origins of the Barong Berutuk of Terunyan are said to be connected to a megalithic statue that is found in Terunyan’s Pancering Jagat Temple, called Bhatara Datonta. No one … Continue reading
If you are interested in Balinese traditional art-forms, many of you would have heard of wayang kulit: the shadow puppet show; however, the human version of these puppets, called wayang wong, is probably less familiar.
Every year, after the Bali Arts Festival I get questions from my readers about the way it is (mis)presented. Here are some of my answers: There seems to be little information available about the performers or their art-forms, so I … Continue reading
Balinese dances have always been a great source of fascination for visitors to Bali and were used to draw tourist to the island. In fact, in the earlier tourism promotion images right up until the 1970s, often young female dancers … Continue reading
Whilst on the outset Balinese art-forms may look similar on a ‘stage’, much has changed: both in the performers and in the audience. Starting with a gamelan orchestra that you see in a tourist setting, say a gong kebyar – … Continue reading
I went to see a Balinese dance performance and it was on a stage – how were Balinese art-forms presented before the advent of tourism?
The way Balinese present their art-forms has changed dramatically over the last half a century or so. The western concept of a stage – let alone a theatre or a concert hall – never existed in Bali before tourism started … Continue reading
The final and most serious category of Balinese singing is called kekawin. Also known as Sekar Agung (big flower) or wirama, these are long songs used to accompany many Hindu rituals such as weddings, tooth filings and death rites. Kekawin … Continue reading
The third category of traditional Balinese singing is more serious ritual singing called kidung, also known as Sekar Madya (Javanese), and do not follow syllabic rules like pupuh that I talked about in the last article. Also, unlike pupuh, there … Continue reading