Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sometimes the evil spirits can take the form of people you know. That's why you have to be careful


I.e. perhaps - don't blindly trust people, use your own judgement.

What's the difference between asking god for success for example and asking a spirit?

The spirit will take something from you in return, even though initially you seem to get what you want easily


I remember before I came to Indonesia I was pretty dismissive of people's beliefs in the supernatural. I still don't believe in a literal way like so many people seem to.

Yet there is something to what people say. Common sense couched in the supernatural.

Spirituality is a very human thing.

5 comments:

triesti said...

since when you are into spiritual thing?

parvita said...

I'd like to say Indonesians are more spiritual than religious, considering how they like mysticism, i.e. easily persuaded to ask to the spirits. But I often see the people, here or in other places, have religion but not spiritual. What's your take on this?

johnorford said...

ayu, i suppose i'm interested in spiritual stuff from an anthropological viewpt rather than anything else...

parvita, that's a good pt... blindly following traditions without any belief is common in the west for example, whereas over here there's almmost too much belief in the supernatural...

Meliko said...

I spoke to a Balinese guy about magic a few weeks ago. He said magic was all bad - and that there was always a price to pay. When someone wants something good, for themselves or others, they simply pray - no need for magic.

johnorford said...

meliko, i get that impression too... magic is always considered 'black' i suppose, and then you have the karma kicker.