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Rangda by gigaboltmanowar Rangda by gigaboltmanowar
Rangda is the demon queen of the leyaks in Bali, according to traditional Balinese mythology. Terrifying to behold, the child-eating Rangda leads an army of evil witches against the leader of the forces of good - Barong.

It is suggested that Rangda may be derived from the 11th century Javan queen Mahendradatta who was exiled by the king, Dharmodayana, for allegedly practising witchcraft against his second wife. The tale surrounding this is that she proceeded to take her revenge by killing off half the kingdom, which by then belonged to her and Dharmodayana's son Erlangga, with plague before being overcome by a holy man. The name Rangda means "widow".

Rangda is important in Balinese culture, and performances depicting her struggles with Barong or with Erlangga in that tale are popular tourist attractions as well as tradition. She is depicted as a mostly nude old woman, with long and unkempt hair, pendulous breasts, and claws. Her face is traditionally a horrifying fanged and goggle-eyed mask, with a long, protruding tongue.

Bali is a Hindu island, and it is suggested that Rangda may also be associated with Durga, the Hindu mother warrior goddess, and Kali, the black mother goddess of destruction, transformation and protection in Hinduism. While Rangda is seen as fearsome and by many as the personification of evil, she is also nevertheless considered a protective force in certain parts of Bali, much like Kali is seen as a benevolent mother goddess in the Indian states of West Bengal, Assam and Kerala. The colors associated with her - white, black and red - are identical with those associated with Kali. Her iconography is similar to that of both Kali and Chamunda, who are closely related.
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Chrizsnowflakes Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keren :D
LupittaChopraa Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist
wowww,, beautiffull...
Azulla-00 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
desain yang membingungkanXD
monez04 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009   Digital Artist
wuah..perpaduannya mantep!
gigaboltmanowar Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
Makasih banyak lhoooo... :thanks:
Rheya-chi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
wah jadi beda ya... keren banget
gigaboltmanowar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
makasih banyaaaaak :thanks::D
vanseven Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
bagus sekali desain char-nya >.<
keren banget!! pencampuran kulturnya banyak en berasa banget
gigaboltmanowar Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
hehehehe makasih banyaaak :XD:
vanseven Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
sama2, you deserve it =)
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