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Mysticism & The Supernatural

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June 26, 2021

New York Post - June 26, 2021

Conor Skelding – Thousands climbed an active Indonesian volcano Saturday morning to perform a centuries-old sacrificial ritual, according to AFP.

May 18, 2021

Coconuts Jakarta - May 18, 2021

The tragic and disturbing death of a 7-year-old girl in Temanggung regency, Central Java shocked Indonesians this week, after reports surfaced that her parents were heavily implicated i

April 30, 2021

Coconuts Jakarta - April 30, 2021

The whole babi ngepet saga in Depok, West Java was fertile ground for a number of viral videos, including one featuring Wati, a self-proclaimed clairvoyant who may have started the whol

April 28, 2021

Coconuts Jakarta - April 28, 2021

A shapeshifting boar demon was beheaded in Depok, West Java after it stole money and valuables over the past month.

March 22, 2021

Coconuts Jakarta - March 22, 2021

Police in Bekasi, West Java are investigating a so-called spiritual guru for possible fraud after he claimed he can magically multiply money.

February 5, 2021

Coconuts Jakarta - February 5, 2021

We didn't see it coming, but Indonesian shamans and psychics have formally established the Indonesian Shaman Association (Perdunu) in Banyuwangi, East Java.

June 26, 2020

Coconuts Jakarta - June 26, 2020

There is always a rational explanation for mysterious events, but the horror movie junkie in us was hoping that there was truth to the rumor that a terrifying flying head monster was b

June 4, 2020

South China Morning Post - June 4, 2020

Ade Mardiyati – When Indonesian artist and manager Sulung Landung went to Bali in January, he met up with a long-time friend, well-known tarot card reader Noviana Kusumawardhani, for a

April 5, 2020

Jakarta Post - April 5, 2020

Ganug Nugroho Adi, Wonogiri – As COVID-19 continues to spread across Indonesia, some residents of Wonogiri, Central Java, have resorted to wearing amulets, which they believe will help

March 24, 2020

Jakarta Post - March 24, 2020

Asip Hasani and Severianus Endi, Tulungagung, East Java/Pontianak, West Kalimantan – Villagers in Wajak Kidul hamlet, which is located some 10 kilometers from Tulungagung regency, East

February 16, 2020

South China Morning Post - February 16, 2020

Marcel Thee – Dino Michael has spent a lot of time looking up at the stars in the night sky, ruminating on the possibilities of life out there.

February 5, 2020

Jakarta Post - February 5, 2020

Jakarta – The National Civil Service Agency (BKN) is using a detector to prevent talismans being used in a month-long competency test of civil servant candidates at Tasikmalaya city ha

South China Morning Post - February 5, 2020

Amanda Siddharta – Wili Lo spent all afternoon in the backstage area of a music festival in Bogor, a satellite city just outside the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, last Saturday.

November 7, 2019

Jakarta Post - November 7, 2019

Jakarta – The Gowa Police in South Sulawesi have declared a man a suspect of money-laundering and spreading heretical teachings after he claimed to be a prophet and mahaguru (grand mas

June 26, 2019

Coconuts Jakarta - June 26, 2019

As demonstrated by real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (made famous by The Conjuring film series), you don't need irrefutable evidence to get people to take your

May 27, 2019

Jakarta Post - May 27, 2019

Jakarta – Police in Pemalang, Central Java, have caught a 15-year-old boy who had been dressing up as a pocong (shrouded ghost) and scaring motorists using Jl.

April 6, 2019

Jakarta Post - April 6, 2019

Yulia Savitri, Markus Makur, Ganug Nugroho Adi, Palembang, East Manggarai and Surakarta – Legislative candidates are resorting to the supernatural ahead of April's election, with many

April 5, 2019

Vice - April 5, 2019

By the time Fachruzio Alfarisi graduated high school last year, he'd seen a lot.

February 1, 2019

Coconuts Jakarta - February 1, 2019

Indonesian Flat Earth Research (IFER), a community that rejects the objective reality that the Earth is round, is planning to hold its first national conference in Jakarta in October.

January 2, 2018

Coconuts Jakarta - January 2, 2018

If you ever needed convincing that there is always a rational explanation for any supposedly "supernatural" phenomena, particularly in superstitious Indonesia, then perhaps this story w

January 31, 2017

South China Morning Post - January 31, 2017

Desperate and despondent after losing an Indonesian local election, Abdul Junaidi was the perfect prey for a charismatic cult leader promising great wealth and political success.

March 20, 2014

Jakarta Globe - March 20, 2014

Ellya Rossa's search for a traditional healer to treat a chronic heart ailment brought her to Guntur Bumi, an ustad, or Islamic cleric, who has often appeared in television commercials

January 18, 2014

Jakarta Post - January 18, 2014

Rendi A. Witular, Jakarta – In his new book, published Friday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono admits that he and his family had almost fallen victim to witchcraft.

January 14, 2012

Sydney Morning Herald - January 14, 2012

Tom Allard – On a Thursday morning last year, Sapari, a cemetery caretaker in Bonasari in East Java, made a disturbing discovery.

December 3, 2011

Jakarta Post - December 3, 2011

Hans David Tampubolon, Jakarta – Police officers were forced to deploy to Central Jakarta on Friday in response to an unusual public order issue caused by a flock of superstitious enthu