Dance and Drama

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Finally, the high-priest Empu Barada sends his son to Java to marry the widow’s daughter. This son, once living in the household, steals the widow’s book of black magic and gives it to his father. Empu Barada uses the widow’s own magic to subdue her and stop her destruction. Eventually, the widow and Empu Barada confront each other in a fierce battle, the priest taking the form of the great mythical lion-creature Barong Ket while the widow assumes her terrifying witch form, Rangda.

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