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MEDAN: Tanjung Gusta Penitentiary in Medan, North Sumatra, has enlisted the services of a dukun (shaman) to locate a drug convict who escaped from the prison two weeks ago.
SINGAPORE: The efforts by a self-styled Bomoh King of the World to find the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane and to save Malaysia from a North Korean invasion with coconuts and bamboo cannons have catapulted him into the limelight and raised mocking laughter.
SURKHET (Nepal): The small thatched hut in western Nepal has no walls to keep out the cold. Inside is a raised platform where Pabrita Giri sleeps during her period, banished from her home by a centuries-old Hindu ritual.
Tuyen Quang: Deep in a trance and impervious to the heat of burning coals underfoot, lithe young men prance across piles of glowing embers at a ritual fire dance to exorcise spiritual demons and pray for a good harvest.
Jakarta: In what could be seen as a promotional line, a man claiming to be “Ki Barong”, Ki is Javanese and usually refers to a man possessing power, wrote on his Facebook wall that he “is the mightiest of all dukun santet (black magic shamans).”