Bali Agung - The Legend of Balinese Goddesses


bali agungThis spectacular performance of “Bali Agung” is inspired by the historic and legendary 12th century accounts of King Sri Jaya Pangus and his beloved wife Kang Ching Wie, the daughter of a Chinese merchant. Many years have passed but no sign of a child, the royal couple turn happiness into sadness so the King decides to leave his wife for a journey across the waters to find his taksu. Following the storm at the sea the King is washed ashore into strange and magical island with baby animals surrounded him. He finds his place for meditation not long until he is awaken with the rise of Dewi Danu, the water goddess of the volcanic lake Batur. Accompanied by her forest spirits, Dewi Danu seduces the King. He cannot resist.
bali agung Meanwhile after years of waiting, Kang Ching Wie put her courage to travel far to find her husband sadly only to find her husband has married Dewi Danu and they have a child. Kang Ching Wie in her disappointment sets her guards against Jaya Pangus. A raging battle ensues, but their strong love keeps them together to face the monster attack and the natural disasters. In her equal anger, Dewi Danu in her spirit power turns the King and his Queen into statues. The people in the village lost their beloved King and Queen but happy to greet their new young King. With the presence of Dewi Danu, the new Prince is crowned by the spirits of Jaya Pangus and Kang Ching Wie. The villagers are happy. The story ends with the origin of “Barong Landung” that is presented as the living embodiment of their former King and Queen up to this day.

bali agungKang Ching Wie is one of the two supreme deities in Balinese tradition and is considered to be the Goddess of Prosperity. Her shrines are erected at every trading location and merchant’s home. Dewi Danu is the other supreme deity and is considered to be the symbol of fertility. Dewi Danu is also the goddess of lake Batur which is the source of the water that irrigates the island abundant farmland. Barong Landung, effigies of the King and his wife, Kang Ching Wie are paraded only once in every 210 days through the streets of Bali as an ogre-like “Barong Landung”, warding off bad luck and evil spirits. A MUST SEE SHOW IN BALI ! www.balitheatre.com

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