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. The battle between Barong and Rangda is featured in a Barong dance which represents the eternal battle between good and evil. Rangda is a term in old Javanese that means: ‘widow’.
Poklade is the Serbian name of the last day on which it’s allowed to eat meat and milk products before spring fasting (40 days before Easter) Great festivites are made on this day, and young men dress up in masks and go through the village, while villagers give them meat, cakes and eggs (which were very valued gifts in the last century in Serbian villages), and later jumped over fire. The point of these celebrations is the whorshipment of spring and driving away the evil spirits. It’s rarely practiced today, and these pictures are from 2011 from village Lozovik where young boys and girls with the help of their teachers decided to revive this custom which has roots deep in the pagan times.