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Balinese Demons, Butas, Kalas, and Butakalas


Balinese Art Depicting Balinese Demons


Butas, Kalas, and Butakalas

  • In Balinese Hinduism, "demons" are usually known as butakalas, kalas, or butas. Visitors have a tendency to locate demons of a few of the more interesting of the Balinese Hindu people. Unluckily, evil spirits may also be one of the most challenging of the Balinese Hindu people for visitors to interpret. The reason of this is that a lot of Bali's visitors generally have a preconceived idea that "demons" are inevitably "evil spirits". In Balinese Hinduism, evil spirits symbolise "spirits" and you will find evil spirits which the Balinese think are mainly "evil" by nature. For instance, as mentioned earlier, Rangda is usually regarded as the rather freakish version of Dewi Durga. But, in Balinese Hinduism, evil spirits, such as Gods and Goddesses, are thought to be able of incorporating global paradoxes or dualities. For that reason, a demon such as Rangda isn't totally evil naturally. Actually, the Balinese at times give offerings to Rangda with the expectation of tempting her to defend their community against evil ghosts.
  • One more reason why visitors usually have a tough time deciphering Balinese Hindu evil spirits includes the truth that there are several types of Balinese Hindu evil spirits. Generally, evil spirits are thought to be people who are intermediate, regarding power, to animals (including human beings) and Gods or Goddesses. At times visitors make the error of deciphering this as meaning Balinese Hindu evil spirits aren't linked to human beings, Gods, or Goddesses. It's important for visitors to remember that Balinese Hinduism includes factors of Animism. For that reason, evil spirits are occasionally similar to the spirits of dead animals (both non-human and human). These types of animal spirits are thought to be able of roaming the Earth. But, traditionally, as factors of Hinduism and Animism joined together to create Balinese Hinduism, evil spirits also developed into a vital sign of the Balinese Hindu faith in reincarnation. 



Balinese Art Depicting Balinese Demons