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Monday, December 3, 2012
Spirit Who Strangles: Dhamar Colok
Many people believe that “hantu cekik” is not a figment
issue. It is caused by a type of black magic called “dhamar colok” that can turn
a human figure into “hantu cekik” or “choking ghost”.
“hantu cekik” was said to have terrorized a few areas in the
district of Demak, and later the story spread to a few areas in the Central
Java. Some theories say that “hantu cekik” is actually half human half
spiritual creature who likes to choke its victims and then consume the victims’
souls. The one who practises this type of magic is known as “dhamar colok”.
According to Ki Ageng Quthub Melati that a dhamar colok
looks like an ordinary human, however there are tell tale signs:
·A dhamar colok person looks like a fool, he/she
like to pretend that he/she is crazy, his/her appearance is dirty and shabby
and always with a grim face. The most noticeable part is that this person likes
to sleep in the graveyard.
·It is only when this person has changed into a
dhamar colok, his/her face emits a sort of greenish light, his/her body becomes
jet black stout. In this situation, he/she is very difficult to be caught or
touch. One could only feel its presence.
It is reported that the story of “dhamar colok” is
originated from “Buto Ijo”. People believe that Buto Ijo will grant those who
devote themselves any wishes. In return the devotee must take the life of a
human being. Please refer to the link:
The locals believe that a “dhamar colok” person only active
at night. It is said that he/she has magical power to turn him/herself into
green light to enter a house through window and locked doors. After entering
the house, this “dhamar colok” will strangle its victim before devouring the
victim’s soul. As for the few lucky survivors, prints of stranglehold are
visible on their necks accompanied with fever, cold, blank face etc. If the
victims are not cured, then they will die.
Local folks also device a very unique yet funny method to
prevent the intrusion of “dhamar colok”:
·This ritual must be performed completely naked.
·Prepare some green peas, pepper, salt and soil
and fry them dry (without oil) in an earth ware.
·When the mixture is fried, quickly encircle your
property one circle.
Why perform the ritual naked? Well, it is said that “dhamar
colok” forbids seeing a naked person. Old folks also advice people to sleep on
the floor because the earth has positive energy that will burn “dhamar colok”.