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Monday, October 29, 2012
Some Javanese Supernatural Believes
I was visiting my Javanese friend in Jogjakarta and she has
many gadgets in her house. So I decided to scribble down some of her advices
while she was lecturing out directly from her memory:
·When your dog is howling in the middle of the
night, there is a spirit in the vicinity.
·When your dog is whining with its head bowed and
its furs stood up right at night means there is a ghost; possibly previous
owner of the house in the house.
·When there is a butterfly or moth flying into
your house at night, means the deceased are visiting.
·When you approach a road junction at midnight, you
ought to produce a sound of clearing your throat “Ehem!” three times. This is
to give notice to the spirits in the vicinity so as not to bump into them.
·You must have a house warming party or a thanks
giving party before moving to a new house to thank the spirits or watcher of
·Avoid building your garage too far away from
your main house as that only invites wandering spirits.
·You should put a broom and a pair of scissors
under the pregnant woman and toddler’s bed to ward off bad spirits such as a
·A pregnant lady should carry along a small
folded knife so that the mother and the baby will not be disturbed by spirits.
·Avoid keeping any form of cemetery soil in your
house because this only invites the dweller of the cemetery to stay with you.
·Keep red onion, red chilli and turmeric on your
main door to protect you and your family from spirits and black magic.
·Put some red onion, red chilli and green peas
under your safe or drawer where you keep your money to prevent a Toyol from
stealing from you.
·Put a pair of grandfather’s pants under toddler’s
pillow to prevent the toddler from disturbed by bad spirits.
·Use black dog’s blood to cure spirit possessions.
·It is forbidden to pull eyebrows on a Friday
Kliwon because this will attract spirits.
I might have missed out a pointer or two, but no worries;
once you are in Java, the kind hearted folks will remind you about all of the
above again. You know you have broken some type of taboo when people around you
stare at you J.