In a crowded clifftop amphitheater overlooking the Uluwatu Temple and the Indian Ocean 230 feet below, we watched a unique and intriguing performance that involved song, dance, and a dramatic performance of an epic mythological tale.
It begins with about 75 men wearing black and white checked sarongs chanting, swaying, and moving their arms in a rhythmic wave. There is no instrumental music in the performance, only the hypnotic, percussive, rhythmic chanting by these men.
The story, which has many complicated twists and turns, involves a demon king, a prince, a damsel in distress, and a heroic monkey.
As the drama unfolds, the sunset over the cliff provides an amazing backdrop and, as darkness falls, the story reaches a dramatic climax when the monkey king sets fire to the castle.