Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Eternal Figth Between Barong Against Rangda

Barong and Rangda already known in pre-Hindu. Barong is a symbol of goodness while rangda is a symbol of wickedness. The realization of the Barong form is a quadruped resembling a lion and Rangda is a scary form with spiky fangs in her mouth. This legend begins from the curse that given to beautiful queen named Ratih. The reason why Ratih is cursed because Ratih has many vices. So she was cursed to be a very frightening creature with two spiky fang in her mouth, long hair dangling to the ground, big eyes and stared, also long nails in every fingers.

To bring back the original form (beautiful queen), she had to kill Sahadewa (son of Goddess Kunti). When doing this, Ratih accompanied by one of her students named Kalika. But in the end, Ratih was failed and apologize to Sahadewa, her apology was accepted by Sahadewa. After knowing that Ratih was defeated, her student Kalika wants to avenge the defeat. With confidence Kalika comes to Sahadewa, because he think he was already stronger than before.
In this fight, several time Kalika change his form. First, he turns into a very great boar, but it can defeated by Sahadewa. With his remaining strength, Kalika transform again become a big crow. It was useless, Sahadewa still unbeaten. Finally, Kalika can not take it anymore and use his full power. He changed into Rangda form. Because of its strength, Sahadewa become compilated to beat it. For winning the figth, Sahadewa transform into Barong. They continue to fight relentlessly. But, their strength are balance, then nothing is lost or won. So this became an eternal fight. 

This legend has taught us that the good things against the bad things is the eternal struggle in every human life.

Monday, 27 July 2015

The Legend of Bali Strait

Long time ago, Java and Bali Island was one. And in the country of Blambangan there was a spiritual man called Dang Hyang Sidi Mantra. He has a son, Manik Angkeran. Manik Angkeran’s habbit is very bad, he like gambling very much. The worse thing is he never won, so he debt a lot of money to other players. His father and mother always told him to stop gambling but he never listen. Manik Angkeran never stop gambling and always lose. Finally his debts increase more and more, that make Manik Angkeran afraid to come back home and live in the jungle. In the next day, debt collector comes to his house. His father, Dang Hyang Sidi Mantra become confused by this lot debt. The debt collector give Dang Hyang Sidi Mantra one more week to pay off his debt. Coupled with his son that not come home yet, worsen his mind.
Long time thinking, then he remember his old friend called Naga Basuki, a powerful dragon who lived in the cave. Dang Hyang Sidi Mantra immediately visiting Naga Basuki and hope he can help him. After arriving at the cave, Naga Basuki then asked him, why he came here. He told him about his problem. Naga Basuki agree to help him in the condition that Manik Angkeran has to stop gambling. The dragon shook his body till some of his scales were off, and when the scales reach the ground they turns into gold.
From behind the shrub Manik Angkeran see that miracle. Because of his greediness he begging Naga Basuki to help him. Know about his bad habbit, Naga Basuki refuse to help him and it make Manik Angkeran angry. He cut the dragon’s tail, the dragon revenge with burn him to ashes. When his father Dang Hyang Sidi Mantra heard that, he came for forgiveness and ask Naga Basuki to give back his son. The dragon ask for a reward that was to mend his tail and Dang Hyang Sidi Mantra can get his son back.
He agreed and so it was, Manik Angkeran lives and stay near the cave and meditate in order to cleanse his soul. After that, Dang Hyang Sidi Mantra come back home, but before he reach the Blambangan country he was afraid that his son would come and gambling again. To prevent it happen, he make a strait line on the ground and from that line the water comes out until the land between Blambangan and Bali was emerged became a strait and called Bali strait.