Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Mysterious Mount Salak

Many people believe Mount Salak located in West Java is a mysterious place still. I had a chance to hear some of the happenings happened to my friends when I visited Bogor recently.

Before I continue with the tales,it is good to have an overview of this volcanic mountain. Mount Salak comprises of a few peaks labelled as Salak Peak 1 and Salak Peak 2. Both peaks are above 2000m above sea level (ASL) except the Sumbul peak which is around 1900m.

An interesting or else funny story told by my mountain hiker friend, Abu. His somehow bizarre story was that when he and his fellow hikers fell asleep at night after a day's expedition at around 1800m ASL.

In the dream, Abu dreamed of a very pretty lady came to him from a house located at the mountain peak. The mysterious pretty lady invited Abu to go to her house to have a cup of tea. Without too much hesitation, Abu agreed and follow the pretty lady to her house.

There, Abu saw there were many pretty ladies in the house smiling and greeted Abu. After a sumptuous meal, the pretty ladies started to dance around Abu and seduce him to take his clothing off. As expected, after rounds of horrific seduction attack, Abu ejaculated and only to find himself had a wet dream.

When Abu told his companions about his wet dream last night. Other folks also said that they too had the same erotic dream!

Later, the group learnt that the place where they camped for the night was not so far from the site of airplane disaster some time ago.Were those restless souls of air disaster victims? No one has any answers.

Another mountain hiker, Ali also claimed that he once broken the taboo of the mountain causing he just walked in circles after he felt it was time for home.Before the hike, Ali was warned by local folks of not to pluck any wild orchids as orchids are the mountain spirit's pet.

Perhaps realizing his mistake, Ali threw away the orchids and prayed. As soon as Ali finished praying, suddenly the road in front of him cleared and he was able to go home.

In another Mount Salak hike, Ali claimed to have come across an old grandma with very thin clothing. Ali offered to send the grandma home worrying of her safety as it was approaching evening. But the grandny declined and said that she would rather stay in the mountain. 

According to the granny,the deeper the night, the more food she would be able to get. As recalled by Ali, the old grandma has spoken in ancient Javanese language with a very low and thick accent. After that the strange grandma bid Ali farewell and advised Ali to descend to the mountain base as soon as possible or bad things might befallen upon him.

Strangely too, the usually stubborn Ali somehow complied and he turn his back and went down the mountain.On the way down, Ali heard very loud tiger roar at his back. Though feeling strange, his instinct told Ali to run for his life. 

As soon as Ali reached the mountain foot, landslide happened behind Ali missing him by a close distance! Until today, Ali believes the odd grandma was a tiger spirit which has spared Ali's life due to his help offer.

Those were the strange tales from Mount Salak I could recall for now. Believe it or not?

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