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A series inspired by Gunapriya Dharmapatni, also well known as Queen Mahendradatta from Bali Kingdom in 989 - 1011 AD. Together with her husband, King Udayana Warmadewa, she ruled Bali as a Queen Regnant.


She died in 1011 after being exiled and humiliated by her own husband and the whole kingdom for allegedly practicing witchcraft as she was believed to bring the cult of Durga from Java to Bali. The Cult of Durga was linked with sacrifices and black magic. Later on, her story was associated with Rangda, the evil witch in Balinese mythology that means widow. This might be because Rangda is also closely associated with Durga.


Linked Balinese Mythology: Rangda

Rangda is known as the Queen of Leyak, the incarnation of Calon Arang, a master of black magic. In Balinese tradition, most often only focuses on her fierceness and her evil deeds. However, there’s a new perspective which takes Calon Arang’s side and portrayed her as a loving and more sympathetic mother. Toeti Heraty characterizes her as the victim of demonization within a patriarchal system.


This scent number 1011, named Queen of Shadow, is inspired by her death and rumors and all the stories behind her death. She become a legend in Balinese folklore as Rangda, which means Evil Widow, who takes a revenge after her husband and the whole kingdom by summoning all the evil spirits from the jungle. This scent is dark but transformational and empowering.

Heritage Incense Sticks No.1011

SKU: 092203010501
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  • A blend of woody sandalwood and earthy amber with a touch of sweet flowery ylang-ylang

    dark, transformational, empowering

    woody, warm, earthy, slightly flowery sweet

  • Size: 35 sticks

    Ingredients: Natural Incense with Aromatic Oils

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