Rangda is a powerful witch and she is angry enough to bring down a curse on the whole kingdom. This beautiful, peaceful kingdom where no one is hungry and no one is poor is suddenly a place of fire and destruction.
The king tries to fight fire with fire and fails. Then he tries wisdom . . .
The Flaming Witch was written in Java six hundred years ago and is still performed in Bali today. Rangda dances her dance of death and the holy man brings the village back to life, here in a new translation from Old Javanese by Australian writer Stephanie Owen Reeder, and illustrated by one of Indonesia's leading young artists, Dadang Christanto.