Balinese Barong Boys Series - Portrait of Balinese Barong Boy Performer #6

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This series will showcase what I think the best portraits of the Barong dancers.

I met this group of boys’ baron performers and found them fascinating. They were from a village in the north and the instructor even invited me to their training ground to photograph their activities.

I hope I could meet them again in the near future.

This first photo was a portrait of an ancient character in the Barong dance. He was acting as a ghost I think.

Barong is probably the most well known dance. It is also another story telling dance, narrating the fight between good and evil. This dance is the classic example of Balinese way of acting out mythology, resulting in myth and history being blended into one reality.

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. A fight occurred, but she and her black magic troops were too strong that Erlangga had to ask for the help of Barong. 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.

Somebody can die or get seriously injured in a Barong dance. It is said that if Rangda's spell is too strong, a weak soldier may not be able to resist it, even with the help of Barong. He may end up hurting himself with his own keris.

The masks of Barong and Rangda are considered sacred items, and before they are brought out, a priest must be present to offer blessings by sprinkling them with holy water taken from Mount Agung, and offerrings must be presented.

By the way, this is Cade Processing Method. Still trying to get it right.

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  1. zeynepkinli 73 months ago | reply

    beautiful portrait.

  2. VSArunKumar 72 months ago | reply

    Hey Mio cade,
    This photo is superb and has the potential to win many awards.... I juz got to know about an international film festival happening in India... thought u would be interested.... log on to www.avtarfest.info for more details...

    all the best :-)

  3. Andy Bracey - 72 months ago | reply

    I love your work, its so expressive

  4. Marco Donatiello 72 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Best of Flickr!!!!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  5. georg.erber 69 months ago | reply

    Nominated

    I pick this photograph to be on the cover of National Geographic
    National Geographic: Are You Good Enough?

  6. Two Sexy SeaChels 69 months ago | reply

    oooooooooooooooooooooooooohhh my God, Mio; did you know that your photo just made it in to the front page of Flickr Blog titled "Praxis"?

    blog.flickr.net/en/2009/06/28/portraits-of-praxis/

    Congratulations!! (no wonder you are getting so many comments) I'm really pleased & happy for you!

  7. Mio Cade 69 months ago | reply

    Frankly, no idea what is Praxis :-)

  8. carf 69 months ago | reply

    Congrats Mio, this one is posted on today's Flickr Blog.

  9. DavidSciora 69 months ago | reply

    I love this portrait!

  10. subirbasak 66 months ago | reply

    WONDERFUL !!!!! I saw it in group This is called photograph(Minimum edit/Post 1* Award 2**)
    Hope in future we shall see more like this one inThis is called photograph(Post 1* Award 2**)

    DONT FORGET TO AWARDS 2**...CONTEST OPEN***

  11. Walter Oscar La Colla 65 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Massacre Photo Group (Post 1: Score 3 before) 1º Concurso!!!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  12. PIXELMAO 61 months ago | reply

    Visto en:
    Que dice tu rostro



    "Ingresa 2 fotos, Premia 3

    RECUERDA PREMIAR 3 IMAGENES
    REMEMBER POST 3, AWARD 3!!!

  13. cudau.botcanh 57 months ago | reply

    Nice pic!!!!!!!!!

  14. Walter Oscar La Colla 40 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called *** Massacre Photo Group (Post 1: Score 3 before), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
    Massacre Photo Group
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    and please...
    do not forget to vote the three pictures before yours!!!
    do not forget to vote the three pictures before yours!!!
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    thanks!!!

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