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Walking With The Barong

Barong Boys, Ubud, Bali, Jamie Chan, Leica, Travel, photography, Temple, Dance, Tradition, No Foreign Lands

I don’t plan my stories while I travel. I simply walk the streets, following my eyes, ears and nose; they always lead me to someplace new and interesting – when I do not get lost.
In this case, I was rather early for my next appointment and decided to take a walk on the streets of Jalan Raya Ubud when the sound of the Gamelan caught my attention.

I then chanced upon children practising the Gamelan and a Barong performance while donations were collected from the on-lookers.
Barong is a creature from Bali mythology, representing a lion. A protector of people, you can find Barongs on the streets of Ubud, helmed by little boys with Balinese Gamelan music. 
I started photographing the boys and soon got to know the teacher of the boys, a man of many hats, Yande who happens to be fluent in Japanese as well! Talk about serendipity!
(Yande also drives and runs tours around Bali/ Ubud. Do look him up at www.balimemorabletour.com)

Sensing that I have a keen interest in Balinese music, we struck up a conversation and before I knew it, he invited me to his village where a traditional Barong Ceremony was happening that night.

I will speak more about the very interesting night I had with Yande in my next post, Night of the Barong.
In the meantime, enjoy the images of the Barong Boys.

Barong Boys, Ubud, Bali, Jamie Chan, Leica, Travel, photography, Temple, Dance, Tradition, No Foreign Lands

Open wide

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Feet of the boys

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The boys on the streets

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Walking through the streets

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Taking a short break

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Posing with tourists

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Some of the performers

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Practising and resting

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Boy and the Barong

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Barong boys

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Night of the Barong

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