Published July 17, 2022 | Activities, Endangered, Environment, Family, Love, Travel Tips

One thing that makes Bali unique and being tourist favorite destination is because of its culture. Barong and Rangda are one part of the culture that have been preserve by Balinese Hindus since long time ago.

Let’s get to know more about what is the true meaning behind Barong and Rangda!

The Symbols of Rwa Bhineda

Before we talk about Barong and Rangda, we have to know about Rwa Bhineda. Rwa Bhineda literally means “two opposites”, like good and bad, positive and negative, black and white. The Balinese believe that everything that exists as a duality, it means if there’s good, evil must exist to bring balance. It also birth balances death, young balances old, health balance sickness and so forth.

Rwa Bhineda in Everyday Life

Symbols of Rwa Bhineda also used by Balinese in everyday life. Usually, the Balinese often use the metaphor of black and white, black symbolize evil while white symbolize good. You might have seen most attributes in Bali, especially ceremonial materials have a black and white chessboard-like pattern. It is often wrapped around large trees and shrines, and that’s just how Balinese portray Rwa Bhineda.

Depict of Barong and Rangda


Barong is a panther-like creature and character in the Balinese mythology. He is the king of spirits, leader of the hosts of good. Meanwhile, Rangda is the demon queen and mother of all spirit guarders in the mythological traditions of Bali.

The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in the Barong dance to represent the eternal battle between good and evil that represent The Symbols of Rwa Bhineda.

In Bali Safari Park, the symbols of Barong and Rangda can be discovered at Lobby Barong area. The Barong Dance also will performed at Peken Bali along with others Balinese epic performances and culture. It is truly a complete package for you to enjoy both the Balinese culture and adding insights of the wildlifes!