Thursday, December 4, 2008

Bangbarongan - Parade of the Demons

In the mythologies of Indonesia's different ethnics, demons are not necessarily evil. Some of them are good and can be befriended and be useful to humans. They can be used to scare off and drive away evil spirits. Their symbolic representations like these Bangbarongan masked figures are often paraded in rituals to ward off evil spirits.

I took this photo at the Braga Festival last year. Braga Festival is coming up at the end of the month. You should probably plan to spend your end of year holiday in Bandung. We have this festival and huge Chirstmas and End of Year sales coming up soon.


nobu said...

In Japan, we have masks which are similar to those.

uncleawang said...

Very interesting,I'm sure many tourist will come to the event.

Dina said...

Well I'm glad these are good demons. Amazing, they are.
OK, I'm coming right over ( I wish!).

the donG said...

that's something unique there.

ramblingwoods said...

Those are scary looking good demons..