Barong is a character in the mythology of Bali.
Barong is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda in the mythological traditions of Bali.
Banas Pati Rajah is the fourth or spirit child that accompanies a child throughout life. Banas Pati Rajah is the spirit which animates Barong. The Barong is the magical protector of Balinese villages.
As lord of the forest with fantastic fanged mask and long mane, he is the opponent of Rangda the witch, who rules over the spirits of darkness, in the never ending fight between good and evil.
Barong and Kris dance like the kecak dance, Barong and Kris dance is a battle between good and evil spirit. His opponent is the witch Rangda.
Story of Barong and Kris Dance Performance
The story goes that Rangda, the mother of Erlangga, the King of Bali in the tenth century, was condemned by Erlangga’s father because she practiced black magic.
After she became a widow, she summoned all the evil spirits in the jungle, the leaks and the demons, to come after Erlangga.
Barong came with Erlangga’s soldiers, and fight ensued.
Rangda casted a spell that made Erlangga soldiers all wanted to kill themselves, pointing their poisoned keris into their own stomachs and chests.
Barong casted a spell that turned their body resistant to the sharp keris. At the end, Barong won, and Rangda ran away.