Antique Bali Barong Rangda ceremonial mask
This is a rare and very impressive antique Bali Rangda wooden mask in
Mask face measures 7 by 5 inches. Bigger and longer overall w/ disheveled hair
and a long tongue lolling out of her fanged mouth.
What is Barong? Or should we say, who is Barong? The Balinese personification
of good fights, an eternal battle with the demon queen Rangda.
If an epidemic rages through a village, the local priest will dip the beard of
the Barong mask into a bowl of water, which will imbue it with white magic that
will heal the populace.
It helps that Barong is essentially all that is good in the world. He protects
the Balinese in their villages. Barong is represented by a mask, its dark beard
usually made of human hair. The mask is often kept in the village’s pura dalem,
the temple of death, or in a small shrine near the bale banjar, the meeting
BARONG VS. RANGDA, THE BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL
As the king of the good spirits, Barong fights a never-ending battle with the
demon queen Rangda.
His nemesis is more human-like, a hideous half-nude witch with sagging
breasts, disheveled hair and a long tongue lolling out of her fanged mouth.
Barong and Rangda, like yin and yang, cannot exist with the other; there is no
good without evil. Unlike in our Western lore, where people often tend to live
happily ever after, in Balinese legend, neither Barong nor Rangda ever truly
win. Their battle is the subject of a favorite dance on Bali. The forces of
good and evil, of order and chaos, must remain in balance.