Rangda: The Legendary Goddess of Bali

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Title
Rangda: The Legendary Goddess of Bali
Original language
English
Author(s)
Illustrator(s)
  • Clara Spars
Publisher
Wayzgoose Press
ISBN
ASIN B08FPVQF2M
Publication date
2020
Subjects
  • religion
  • culture
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                  Rangda: The Legendary Goddess of Bali examines the layered origins of this premier Southeast Asian goddess. As revered as Pele of the Polynesian Islands, Rangda is perhaps the most familiar, most feared, and most revered deity, regularly represented by her unique and horrifying mask in the temples of Bali while also adorning the tourist pamphlets and t-shirts of Kuta Beach. Even though prominent, she has been both misunderstood and misrepresented. This book delves into her textual origins in the lontar tradition (palm leaf manuscripts) and combines that with a close look at her crucial role in Balinese cleansing rituals before arriving at how modern Indonesian writers are trying to free this goddess from her imprisonment by state and patriarchal powers. In an illustrated section, the author and illustrator (Clara Spars) combine their talents to portray Rangda’s power to captivate and enchant today and through the ages.

                  Please see discussion with the authors and illustrators at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhAC-3XjhZU.

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