Probolinggo, East Java – Thousands of Hindu worshippers climbed Mount Bromo volcano in East Java on Thursday to throw offerings from crops to livestock down its smouldering crater in a
Mysticism & The Supernatural
June 17, 2022
March 22, 2022
JC Gotinga – The stakes were high. Indonesia had not hosted a MotoGP motorbike race in 25 years.
March 2, 2022
Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – Imam Safii was still asleep at his home in Jember regency, East Java, when he received an urgent call in the wee hours of Feb 13.
November 1, 2021
Heru Asprihanto and Adi Kurniawan, Bekasi – Seated cross-legged amid a fog of incense and platters of fragrant offerings, dishes of red chillies, garlic bulbs and frangipani petals, Ind
September 6, 2021
Authorities in Gowa, South Sulawesi have rescued a 6-year-old girl from the clutches of her family in a highly disturbing case that allegedly involves elements of black magic and cannib
July 30, 2021
Abdallah Naem and Aisyah Llewellyn – As the Delta variant sweeps through Indonesia, causing a record 2,069 deaths on Tuesday (July 27), regions outside the worst-hit areas of Jakarta, s
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
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
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
A shapeshifting boar demon was beheaded in Depok, West Java after it stole money and valuables over the past month.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 – 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
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
By the time Fachruzio Alfarisi graduated high school last year, he'd seen a lot.
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
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
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
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
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
Tom Allard – On a Thursday morning last year, Sapari, a cemetery caretaker in Bonasari in East Java, made a disturbing discovery.
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
December 2, 2011
The Jakarta city administration has moved with exceptional speed to cut down an old mahogany tree said to harbor two distinct forms of Indonesian ghosts.
June 11, 2010
A Balinese teenager caught in the act of intercourse with a cow passed out on Friday when he was forced to marry the animal in a ceremony witnessed by hundreds of curious onlookers.
March 17, 2006
Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara – Dozens of students of Sakra No.
August 28, 2002
Devi Asmarani, Jakarta – Women use it to entice the opposite sex, celebrities often resort to it to boost popularity and politicians turn to it to further their careers – the supernatur
August 23, 2002
Mysticism and money have always had a role in Indonesian politics.
August 22, 2002
Jakarta – The Indonesian minister who said he was personally supervising a treasure hunt to raise money for the state has been forced to tender a public apology and may be investigated
February 25, 2002
Jill Jolliffe – It is 11am on a weekday and people are queueing at Dili's Chinese Buddhist temple.
August 20, 2001
Seth Mydans – Just at the start of his ill-starred presidency, Abdurrahman Wahid slipped out of his official palace and made a secret pilgrimage to the tomb of a Muslim holy man who pre
July 25, 2000
Jakarta – An Indonesian mob rounded up three men and beat them to death after accusing one of them of murdering his wife with black magic.
July 3, 2000
Terry McCarthy, Jakarta – When President Abdurrahman Wahid moved into the presidential palace last October, his spirits and those of the country were riding high.
September 12, 1997
A strange hysteria has spread through Central Java since last April, leading villagers to beat up people at night they suspect of being zombies (hantu pocong, the walking dead).