The Barongan Dance


Barongan is an arts originated from Java. It depicts stories during the era of Prophet Sulaiman, during which animals could talk.

The dance started with a tiger watching a peacock opening its feathers. When the peacock realized the tiger was watching, it flew over and stood on the tiger’s head and then the two started dancing together. Suddenly a bodyguard named Garong who was accompanying the Puteri Raja riding on a horse arrived at the scene. He came down from the horse and joined in the dancing.

The Barongan Dance is still performed in communities who came from Java, for example, in Batu Pahat, Johore and the state of Selangor.