In Bali`s mythology, Leak is a bad witch. ‘Le’ means witch and ‘ak;’ means bad. Leak can be seen only at night by the leak`s hunter as at noon, leak looks like a human. Leak looks for human`s organs (if it`s needed, Leak will take organs from alive human) which is used to make concoction. This concoction can change Leak to be a tiger, monkey, pig or any other animals. It`s also told that Leak is like a human`s head along with organs hang on it. Leak is able to fly to look for pregnant woman to suck the baby`s blood. There are 3 famous leaks, 2 women and 1 man. Bali`s people believe that Leak is a human who practices black magic dan she needs embrio`s blood to keep alive. It`s also said that Leak can change itself to a pig or fire ball, meanwhile the real shape of leak has a very long tounge and sharp tooth. Several people say that the magic of Leak only works in Bali. That`s why Leak is only found in Bali. If someone pricks Leak`s neck from down to head when it`s separated with its body, then Leak cant be join again with its body. If the head is separated for sometime, then it can cause the death for Leak.
Leak`s mask is often used as a ornament for house.
Rangda is a queen of Leak in Bali mythology. This scary creature often kidnaps and eats children. Rangda leads the witch`s brigade againts Barong who is a symbol of white magic.
Rangda comes from Manendrdatta Queen who lived in Java in 11th century. She was exiled by Dharmodayana because she was accused doing black magic to wifes of those king. Legend says that she took a revenge by killing almost half of that kingdom which finally became her own and Dharmodayana`s son. Then she was replaced by a wise man. Rangda also means as janda.
Rangda is very important for Bali`s mythology. Her war againts Baromg or Erlangga is always performed in some traditional dances which are popular and an important heritage in Bali tradition.