Queen of the Leyaks

hellobali Guide to Bali - - A-Z OF BALINESE TRADITIONAL CULTURE -

WHEN FAITH in the spirit world is as strong as it is it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that it in­cludes a num­ber of malev­o­lent forces and be­ings with un­ri­valled ca­pac­ity for heinous­ness. Leyaks are hideous shape-shifters that lurk in grave­yards, at cross­roads, un­der bridges and near other dan­ger­ous por­tals. Rangda is their queen, epit­ome of evil and arch vil­lain in the epic strug­gle against the good, lion-headed Barong.

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