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Mysticism & The Supernatural

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June 17, 2022

Agence France-Presse - June 17, 2022

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

March 22, 2022

Vice - March 22, 2022

JC Gotinga – The stakes were high. Indonesia had not hosted a MotoGP motorbike race in 25 years.

March 2, 2022

Channel News Asia - 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

Reuters - 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

Coconuts Jakarta - 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

AsiaOne - 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

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

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.

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

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

December 2, 2011

Jakarta Globe - 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

Jakarta Globe - 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

Jakarta Post - March 17, 2006

Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara – Dozens of students of Sakra No.

August 28, 2002

Straits Times - 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

Sydney Morning Herald - August 23 2002

Mysticism and money have always had a role in Indonesian politics.

August 22, 2002

Straits Times - 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

The Melbourne Age - February 25, 2002

Jill Jolliffe – It is 11am on a weekday and people are queueing at Dili's Chinese Buddhist temple.

August 20, 2001

New York Times - 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

Associated Press - 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

Time Magazine - 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

DIGEST No. 40 (Indonesian news with comment) - 12 September, 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).