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Monday, November 19, 2012
Money Magic Of Gunung Kawi Malang
An offering ritual performed in front of sacred tomb in Gunung Kawi, Malang, East Java.
It is during these economic downturns that people will make
use all possible methods to look for money, including involving in money magic related rituals.
Gunung Kawi of Malang, East Java is a place known by its money magic. It is said that whoever
performed the money ritual full heartedly will have his/her wish fulfilled.
People normally visit Gunung Kawi on Friday Legi (the
funeral day of Eyang Jugo) and on day 12 of Suro month (the day of the death of
Eyang Sujo). The ritual is done by putting food offerings, burning incense and
meditates for hours, days and at time even months. Visitors are forbidden to
think of the unholy matters and they are advised to take ritual bath before
start praying in front of the grave.
Other places of interest other than the grave:
of Eyang Sujo
Jugo’s two jars
Dewandaru tree where the leaves of the tree are kept in wallets as good luck
Visitors need only to bring flower offerings and a small
donation. It is a norm that visitors of the holy grave walk with their knees as
if coming face to face with a king. People come with various motives, some just
for fun while others come with the intention that their wishes can be
fulfilled. As the Chinese proverb says, “A mountain need not be tall, as long
as there are gods.” Gunung Kawi is neither tall (~2000m) nor beautiful. In
fact, Gunung Kawi is made famous by the Chinese who are fans of money magic. It
is said that hundreds and sometimes thousands of Chinese and the locals visit
Gunung Kawi, especially true on Javanese market days. These visitors have
apparently transformed Gunung Kawi into night markets with baggers, souvenir
sellers, restraints, fortune tellers, flower sellers etc.
The Gunung Kawi Foundation has offered three rounds of
ritual offerings daily: 10am, 3pm and 11pm. The offering rituals are lead by a
local shaman but one has to purchase the offerings so that his/her wish can be
fulfilled. Those who are interested in participating in offering rituals must
first register at the counter and then a price list of the offering objects
will be given for budgeting.
Now even people started to think: who gets all the fortune? It
is indeed the businessmen or the visitors who flocked to Gunung Kawi in the
hope to perform money magic?