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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Gasiang Tengkorak & Variants (Skull Spintop)
Spintop is a toy, but not the one that is made of a skull...
in Indonesia have unique magical practices. In Minangkabau there is a type of
magic using a type of gasiang commonly used as a medium to hurt and harm others
magically although this type of science can also be used for other purposes
such as the treatment. A “Gasiang Tangkurak” is a type of gasiang shape similar
to flattened zinc, but the material of the human skull.
like this can only be played by the shaman, or a person who has the magical
ability. A shaman will recite mantras while twisting a gasiang. At the same
time, people targeted will feel the pain, anxiety and act like a mentally ill
example, a victim may be screaming, pulling hair, and the most popular-climbing
wall. This work is usually done at night. When the shaman has affected his/her
victim, then the victim will go see the shaman or the requester. Amongst the
contents of the shaman spells would sound like this: if the victim is sleeping,
then he is told to wake up, if the person is sitting, then he is told to stand
up, if he is seated then he is asked to run to see someone. Magical disease
caused by a Gasing Tangkurak is commonly called Sijundai.
If a Gasing
Tangkurak is used to cause disease or sijundai, it is grouped under black magic
as the devil is employed to do the biddings. This type of black magic was
widely circulated amongst the Minangkabau people in rural areas in general.
This example can be referenced to the popularity of the song's creation Gasiang
Tangkurak Syahrul Tarun Yusuf sung by Elly Kasim, a legendary Minang singer.
spell is usually used for revenge. Someone came to the shaman to hurt someone
with a fee. Price measures that are commonly used are gold. As a condition of
treatment, usually a shaman asked certain amount of gold as a sign, not wages.
This sign will be returned if the shaman failed in their duty. But if he
succeeds, then the money sign is taken, and the applicant must supplement it
to harm, there are certain shamans who use Gasiang Tangkurak to treat diseases
caused by magical working. Other than that, a Gasiang Tangkurak is often used
as a medium for attracting others to become interested in us. This type of
spell is called Pitunang.
As the name
implies, the main ingredient of Gasiang Tangkurak is the human skull from the dead.
This type of Gasiang can only be made by people who have a certain inner
knowledge. In many areas there are some differences regarding the unusual skull
material and is best used as a Gasiang Tangkurak. In some areas, it is common
to use a skull from person died of untimely death or by bleeding.
While in another
area, the skulls of those occult practitioners are used particularly for
treatment purposes, while in another area shamans believe that the skull of the
woman who died in childbirth is the best material. Even in certain areas, an
informant said that the best skull is the skull of the kids that have been
prepared since childhood. The boy was taken to a solitary place, and then
beheaded. This bloody skull will then be used as the main material for creating
part of the skull is the forehead. On the day the bodies were buried, the shaman
will go to the grave. He will dig the grave and taken the corpse. The forehead part
of the skull was taken, as is believed that the magical power of man lies dead
is congregated at his area. The part taken is not too big, it is only about 2cm
X 4 cm. The shaman will recite specific mantras while calling the name of the
dead during the process of taking a corpse’s skull, shaman spell specifically
citing the name of the corpse.
the forehead will be drilled two holes in the middle. The best time to make the
holes is when there are people who died in the village where Gasiang makers
reside. This is the time that it is believed to further empower the magical power
of Gasiang. Then the pincono yarn or thread of 7 colors will be put thought the
holes. This Gasiang and yarns were then empowered with special mantras. This
type of Gasiang will then be used to hurt people.
another type of Gasiang, with similiar function to the Gasiang Tingkurak.
Gasiang Puruik is made of lime (Citrus hystrix) from the male type and it is rather
large. The mantras are recited at that lime. Kaffir lime is placed on a large
rock, and then squeezed with another large stone. The stone should be in the
open sunlit from morning until evening. Before squeezed the stone, read the
spell. Then allow the limes to dry completely, after which a hole is made in
the middle. Pincono thread or threads of 7 colors is then passed through the
This type of
Gasiang is usually used for very minor problems and treatments. The timing in
using of this Gasiang is in accordance to a calculation based on certain
calendar timing. In the interest of young people, is a commonly use Zahrah
time, whereas for others the treatment done at Syamsu. If is for good cause, no
restrictions when using Gasiang. But to the wicked, then the user should avoid
all things related to the Lord should be avoided.