Barong Bali is one of the many varieties of Balinese performing arts. Barong is a traditional Balinese dance characterized by masks and body costumes that can be worn by one or two people to dance. In Bali there are several types of barong namely Barong Ket, Barong Bangkal, Barong Landung, Macan Barong, Barong Gajah, Barong Asu, Barong Brutuk, Barong Lembu, Barong Kedingkling, Barong Kambing, Barong Kambing, and Barong Gagombrangan.
Barong is believed to be a magical protector of Balinese society. Which comes from Hindu mythology which explains that barong is taken from the word Bahruang in Sanskrit is an animal that is considered to have magical powers and is often referred to as a protector of goodness
Barong dance is sacred in nature but can also entertain the public, usually barong dances that are performed in the temple or Hindu holidays in Bali will be taken seriously. Because it relates to the spiritual meaning that exists so that it is done sacredly.
Whereas Barong Dance is shown for entertainment, usually interspersed with funny scenes. In addition there are also attractive looks from dancers.
Best places recommended to watch the Barong Dance in Bali
1. Sahadewa Barong Dance
2. Barong Dance Putra Barong
3. Tirta Sari”Legong & Barong Dance
4. Barong Dance Uma Dewi
5. Barong And Kris Dance