Rangda goddess of healing and destruction from Bali and Indonesia Barong Garland of Forgotten Goddesses
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The Goddess Rangda, from Bali and Indonesia, holds a Lontar manuscript in a threatening gesture. She is mid-stride in her duel with the Barong. She is one of 12 goddess illustrations for the book "A Garland of Forgotten Goddesses", by Michael Slouber
" 'Rangda is a very important figure in Balinese mythology and healing traditions. She is the dramatic manifestation of the Goddess of the underworld, Durga and is the demon queen of the leyaks. Leyaks are ghost like figures in Bali that appear as humans during the day, but at night their head and entrails break free from their body and fly around cemeteries and villages.
An important, but difficult, thing to remember about Balinese religion and mysticism is that no god or demon is all good or all bad. In fact, the words demon and witch are a poor translation in English. As there is no light without dark, there is no force of growth and opening without the opposite force of death and destruction.
As a basic element of the Balinese Hindu cosmology, Rangda is linked in eternal battle with her counterpart, the male embodiment of positive and constructive forces called Barong. He is a fun-loving shaggy four-legged dog-like creature. The two fight in traditional dances in a struggle for spiritual equilibrium that is at the core of all Balinese ceremonies. They appear in many Javanese and Balinese ceremonies and dances.
this extends far beyond a simple battle of good and evil. Although they represent rival ideologies that can be viewed as positive and negative, they are portrayed by the Balinese as inseparable and symbiotic forces that could not exist in isolation from one another. Like Yin and Yang, each contains elements of the other: Rangda can heal as well as to destroy, and Barong’s protective power has the potential to be misused as well. There is never a winner in these battles as the state of equilibrium is an ongoing struggle.' "
Paraphrased from BaliFloatingLeaf.com
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