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Traditional Balinese Culture

I could not leave Bali without experiencing some traditional dancing. David and I visited Uluwatu Temple, to see the Kecak Dance. It is essentially a love story with a villian and a white monkey Naoman who saves the couple from disaster. The Kecak dance is performed at Uluwatu overlooking steep cliffs which fall sharply into the Indian ocean. The view is magnificent.

Later we visited Ubud Palace, Ubud to see the traditional Barong Dance. The Barong (lion-like figure danced by two men) represents good. Whilst the black monkey represents evil and teases the Barong.

It is a very lively dance and held in an outside auditorium at the Palace.