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.
A 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.
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