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Barong is a lion-like creature and character in the mythology of Bali, Indonesia.
He is the king of the spirits, leader of the hosts of good, and enemy of Rangda, the demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders in the mythological traditions of Bali.
The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in Barong dance to represent the eternal battle between good and evil.
Barong animal mask dance, together with sanghyang dance are considered native Balinese dances, predating Hindu influences.
The native Indonesians of Austronesian heritage often has similar mask dances that represent either ancestral or natural spirits; an example is Dayak’s Hudoq dance.
The term barong is thought to have been derived from the local term bahruang, which today corresponds to Indonesian word beruang which means “bear”. It refers to a good spirit, that took the form of an animal as the guardian of forest.
In Balinese mythology, the good spirit is identified as Banas Pati Raja. Banas Pati Raja is the fourth “brother” or spirit child that accompanies a child throughout their life, which is a similar concept to guardian angels.
Banas Pati Raja is the spirit which animates Barong. A protector spirit, he is often represented as a lion.
The Barong is often portrayed accompanied by two monkeys.
Barong is portrayed as a lion with red head, covered in white thick fur, and wearing gilded jewelry adorned with pieces of mirrors.
The shape of lion Barong is somewhat similar to a Pekingese dog.
The origins of the Barong are far a back in time and quite uncertain. Its origins could be from animist worship, before Hinduism appeared, when villagers still believed in the supernatural protective power of animals.
Type: electric guitar
Body: Brass Plate (1mm) with Balinese Barong etching
Body side: brass 1mm
Colors: Black w/ polishing brass contour
Machining aluminum neck pocket
Neck: Birdseye Maple, 12″ Radius
Scale Length: 25.5″
No. of Frets: 22 wide
Nut: Graphtech tusQ. Width at Nut: 42mm, string spacing: 36mm
Machine Heads: Sperzel
Bridge: Hipshot Trilogy, multi tuning adj.
Pickup: Handwound GanËÈ Pickups Hybrid
Controls: Vol (Bourns), tone (Bourns w/.033 @400 v Russian K40Y-9)
fender 4pos lever switch
Weight: 4.2 Kg