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Ngelawang, to Drive out Evil Spirits

Ngelawang to Drive out Evil SpiritsCelebrating Galungan seems incomplete without watching the ngelawang or gallivanting show of barong bangkung. Galungan is identical to gallivanting show where the barong dance activity is performed from one village to another village as a tradition of Hindu community in Bali. This street art show is usually done by children or adults every Galungan and Kuningan representing the day of victory of Dharma (goodness) against Adharma (evil).

Aside from showing off barong dance, the troupe of gallivanting show also features a dancer with various facial masks. Other than serving as entertainment, the gallivanting show is also believed to ward off evil spirits, drive out all kinds of diseases interfering with human life. Besides, it is also intended to drive out people with bad intention interfering with the security of Bali as well as to provide vibrational purity. The barong is staged in the courtyard.

This gallivanting show is usually begun on Sunday, three days before Galungan. The type of barong performed is usually the barong bangkung (boar). Meanwhile, there is also troupe displaying tiger barong and others. It is commonly accompanied with batel gamelan music having an energetic rhythm. Its supporting artists may consist of 15 to 25 dancers and gamelan players. They dance from one village to another. Sometimes people specifically order the performance for the safety of their piglets.

Bali known as a world tourism destination, in fact has an impact on the development of traditional arts. Many barong troupes make gallivanting show to residences of tourists, like in Kuta, Sanur and Ubud. Even, as a part of Balinese traditional Balinese arts, the gallivanting show is also put as regular agenda in the Bali Arts Festival (BAF) each year. Its presentation is well prepared, so that it becomes an interesting spectacle. (BTN/015)

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