Saturday, 3 December 2011

Ghost Sightings Spark Scenes of Hysteria in Indonesian Capital

The Jakarta city administration has moved with exceptional speed to cut down an old mahogany tree said to harbor two distinct forms of Indonesian ghosts.
The saga began when a pocong (shrouded corpse ghost) and kuntilanak (vampiric female ghost) revealed themselves to a child who reportedly made the mistake of relieving himself against the old tree
in Roxy, Central Jakarta, on Nov. 26.
In the hysteria that has followed since, hundreds of people have begun visiting the tree with at least ten becoming possessed by spirits.
Though the agency acted quickly and cut down the tree on Thursday, the spectacle is not over — speculation is mounting that the ghosts have simply moved to one of three neighboring mahogany trees.
The extraordinary turn of events has led the religious affairs minister to call on people not to be influenced by “mystical” stories and the National Police chief to appeal for calm. “These kinds of things [pocong and kuntilanak] cannot be seen with normal eyes, especially in the afternoon, therefore, people should not believe in mysticism.”
Indonesia is known for its mystical sightings. Many sightings can be explained as natural phenomena, however, many sightings remain unexplained!

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