No, you cannot wear traditional Balinese costumes like ‘celuluk’ for Halloween

A video of two individuals gyrating on the dancefloor sporting conventional Balinese masks in what seems to be a Halloween social gathering has raised questions on whether or not or not it’s acceptable. 

Spoiler alert: it’s not. 

The clip was shared by Arya Wedakarna, a member of the Indonesian Regional Consultant Council representing Bali, over the weekend. 

The reel depicted two unidentified individuals dancing to EDM tunes donning pink, black, and white conventional Balinese costumes that includes masks depicting terrifying demons. One of many revelers was sporting a pair of Air Jordans, which added to the juxtaposition of the entire get-up.

Most commenters on the publish expressed their disappointment, saying that the normal apparel shouldn’t be worn at nightclubs and that the individuals within the video are primarily mocking Balinese customs.

Some even went so far as demanding the nightclub be closed because of the incident.

Some, nonetheless, identified that such costumes are freely offered as souvenirs and due to this fact this ought to be the main target of the problem. 

Anak Agung Gede Oka Dalem, a Peliatan-based distinguished Balinese dance maestro, informed Coconuts that the terrifying masks donned by the individuals within the video are referred to as celuluk, which symbolize “the damaging components of life” and are sometimes used for the favored calonarang and barong dance dramas.

Whereas Gede Oka himself mentioned that he was not personally offended by the Halloween dancers, he regrets that they failed to understand and respect native artists by solely sporting the masks for acceptable events.

“No less than [we] can differentiate between which of them are acceptable and which of them aren’t,” he mentioned, including, “[Wear them] on the appropriate events as to keep away from damaging the worth of the humanities, and keep away from the impression of harassing their values.”

Kadek Kerta Rusmana Yasa, 34, a former resort supervisor who lives in Ubud, mentioned that the costumes within the video symbolize manifestations of Gods in a pura (temple) in Bali, and due to this fact it’s inappropriate to make use of them at nightclubs.

“As Balinese individuals, we don’t reject materialistic issues similar to nightclubs. As you possibly can see there are various nightclubs in Bali,” Kadek mentioned. 

“Nonetheless, that doesn’t imply you possibly can put on costumes that symbolize Gods in Bali and even Mohammad or Jesus. Certainly, it’s only a costume, however this can be a delicate subject regarding faiths.”

Balinese illustrator Gus Darkish informed Coconuts that, whereas it is perhaps straightforward for individuals to get offended, lambast, and decide the individuals within the video, the incident ought to function a get up name for individuals on the island to be introspective of their shortcomings.

“What have we finished to let Balinese tradition be degraded? Have we supported the native artists who had been compelled to hire costumes out to place meals on their desk? Have we appreciated our cultures?” he mentioned. 

Gus Darkish went on to say that many related masks are offered cheaply at native artwork markets, as native artists battle to make ends meet.

“It’s straightforward for us to say loudly that this isn’t moral or that isn’t acceptable with out in search of the foundation of the issue,” he mentioned.

“After we level a finger, don’t neglect that 4 fingers are pointed again at us. Like Eric Clapton mentioned: ‘earlier than you accuse me, check out your self.’”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been up to date so as to add Gus Darkish’s assertion.

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