It is an ancient Balinese mythological dance, performed by highly trained local artists
in an open air theatre/opera.The main characters being;
Barong: The hero, a lion shaped creature,king of Good spirits
Rangda: The villain,a demon queen,a widow,leader of evils
Legong: Lady dancer , representing goodness,supporter of Barong
Orchestra: An integral pert of the Opera,comprising of local folk musicians
Theme: This opera basically shows the battle of Good [ Barong] over the
evils [Rangda team], in the form of a musical dance-sequence. Ultimately
despite all wrong doings of Rangda-team , it is the Barong , who emerges
victorious,thereby signifying the " Goodness overpowering all Evils,for the
good of mankind"
The stories/instances of the dance originate from the Hindu epics Mahabharata and Ramayana.
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