In Bali, good and evil, or “good guys” and “bad guys,” take on a different meaning from the usage with which some people may be familiar. Good guys are at times bad; bad guys are at times good. These counterparts are equally valued, as both must exist to maintain balance in the universe. Hear Asian Art Museum Storyteller illuminate this duality in her telling of the story of Rangda, the Balinese witch, from the perspective of Rangda herself. View representations of Rangda in the Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance exhibition, and hear this story and more, first-hand, on a storytelling tour for all ages at the Asian Art Museum.
This Balinese folktale about a gecko provides another important lesson:
Especially for Teachers: For lesson plans on Balinese art and culture that coincide with the concepts expressed in the above videos, view the related Educator Resource Packet. In addition, hear these stories and more and explore related artworks with your students by scheduling a free storytelling school tour at the Asian Art Museum.
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