The Barong is a powerful, protective, spirit, whose origin dates far back in time to ancient animism practised before the advent of Hinduism in Bali. Most Barong figures are animals, the most famous of which is the Barong Ket, a combination of a lion and tiger. The roles of the Barong Ket and other animal Barongs are performed by two people, one wearing the mask and the other wearing the costume. The other type of Barong are the Barong Landung, giant puppets, wearing masks and manipulated by a single performer
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