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Batu Karu Temple
Suweta Street, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali - Indonesia
Email : Info@fabulousubud.com
Group : Krama Desa Ubud Tengah Community
Day : Wednesday / Time : 7:30pm / Venue : Batu Karu Temple, Ubud
This dance drama is traditionally divided into several major Konda’s or books that deal chronologically with the major events in the life of Rama :
Bala Kanda describes the birth of Rama, his childhood and marriage to Sita. Ayodhya Kanda describes the preparations for Rama’s coronation and his exile into the forest.
Aranya Kanda describes the forest life of Rama and the kidnapping of Sita by the demon king Rahwana.
Kishkinda Kanda describes the meeting of Hanoman with Rama, the destruction of the wanara king, Subali and the coronation of this younger brother, Sugriwa to the kingdom of Kishkinda. Sundara Kanda, which narrates the heroism of Hanoman, his flight to Alengka and his meeting with Sita. Yuddha Kanda describes the battle between Rama and Rahwana’s armies. Uttara Kanda describes the birth of Lawa and Kushya to Sita, their coronation to the throne of Ayodha, and Rama’s final departure from the world.
Rama, Sita and Lakshmana journey southward along the banks of river Godavari, where they build cottages and lived off the land. At the Panchawati forest, a Raksasa woman, Surpanakha, the sister of Rahwana, visits them. She attempts to seduce the brothers and, failing in this, attempts to kill Sita. Lakshmana stops her by cutting of her nose and ears. Hearing of this, her demon brother, Khara, organized an attack against Rama and Lakshmana. Rama annihilates Khara and his demons. Post this incident, Rahwana tricks Sita to step out of the sacred circle made by Lakshwana and forcibly carries her away. Rama and Lakshmana meet Hanoman, the greatest of all monkey heroes who helps Rama to rescue Sita. Hanoman, the white monkey, a good friend of Rama, starts searching everywhere for Sita.
At the palace, Sita pours her heart out about cruel Rahwana to this niece Trijata, when suddenly Hanoman appears telling her that he is Rama's messenger by showing her Rama's ring. Sita gives her hairpin to Hanoman and sends him back to Rama to let him know that she is still alive and needs to be rescued. He offers to carry Sita back to Rama, however she refuses, reluctant to allow herself to be touched by a male other than her husband. She says that Rama himself must come and avenge the insult of her abduction. After this meeting, Hanoman cannot contain his fury and demolishes the land of Alengka, tearing up trees and hurling them everywhere.
Sanghyang is a sacred Balinese dance, based on the idea that a force enters the body of an entranced performer. The force, identified as hyang, is an important spiritual entity in ancient Indonesian mythology. The Sanghyang is a God-inspired trance dance. The purpose of this dance is to protect society against all evil forces and epidemics.
It can be presented in many forms, but here it is presented as the Sanghyang Djaran. Djaran means horse in Java as well as in Bali. The hobbyhorse is associated with the trance and also seen in the Kuda Kepang, a similar function in West Java. The horse rider is brought into a trance by the repetitive sounds of the Gamelan Suara and at this point walks on a bed of burning coconut husks, responding to the sounds.
Sanghyang Dedari and the Sanghyang Jaran is a dance performed by pre-pubescent girls, similar in some ways to the Legong dance. Often the girls are carried on the shoulders of men, and trance is associated with this ritual. Sanghyang jaran is a dance performed by boys who ride coconut palm hobbyhorses (Kuda Lumping) in and around a fire. Trance is also associated with this ritual.
The sanghyang dances are considered sacred ritual dances and are usually performed only in Hindu Balinese religious events.