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Repairing sacred Balinese masks

Barong masks are often sold as souvenirs, but true ritual Barong are created using a particular type of wood with special ceremonies marking key points in the process. In this video, scholar I Wayan Dibia is at the home of mask carver I Wayan Tanguhh and describes the process of repairing a Barong mask. The Barong is a protective deity that can take on a variety of animal forms--lions, tigers, and boars are some of the more common images—and each one is addressed using a respectful title such as Great God or Great Lord. Many villages, especially in southern Bali, have their own Barong figure. The Barong mask is kept in a shrine within a temple and brought out for use.  Created by Asian Art Museum.

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how can you replace parts of the bottle yes you can yeah you can usually it takes like every two years just replace the hair and it's their ceremony we are actually like that have to usually what would they do cut the mess out from the body and before that you send the soul the spirit alcohol bottle sada so it become it become very secular can about you so the less maker perfect that person is it ready and then you light the hell and the body and a poor old spirit