The ICC Berakas has been showing some very interesting array of items which are associated with black magic, witchcraft, bomohism and voodooism for the past two weeks or so. It is in conjunction with the Majlis Ilmu (loosely translated as the “Enlightenment Assembly”) which includes major players from various Brunei government and public agencies. The Majlis places special focus on aqidah, or specifically the loss of one’s aqidah through the belief of black magic, witchcraft, bomohism and their cronies.
The exhibition aims to educate the masses of these elements. As wise man, Sun Tzu (Art of War) had said,
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not your enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
So today I went down to the ICC Berakas to see the exhibition for myself after various accounts from friends and family. When I arrived at the ICC, the first thing I thought of was that there were soooo many people! I remembered thinking that I have never seen so many 30 year old men and women in one building ever.
We went first to the Gallery of the Sultans (name totally fictional because my rapidly failing memory refuse to recall the actual name), where there was a collection of information about all of the 29 Brunei Sultans. In the middle was a stage where a man asks a quiz. When I went in there, the question was,
“Siapakah Sultan yang pertama menggunakan wang pitis?” (Which Sultan introduced the Pitis currency in Brunei?”
I volunteered to answer the question, went up the stage and got it right! Hehe. Won myself some presents. Do you know the answer? If you do, then state the answer in the comments section and I’ll buy the first person who got it right a drink. 😉
Here are them presents reading material which are quite obviously sponsored by the Language and Literature Bureau. From left: Juara Pelajar, Bahana and Mekar (haha how very Primary Six).
After perusing the Gallery of the Sultans, we went and moved on to the more interesting part of the exhibition. There were many, many things on display, most of which are derived from nature itself and has unique physical qualities which makes them different, deviating from what is usual in nature. This difference is what usually drives people to think that the object possesses magical powers.
Instead of uterring “subahanallah”, praying and marveling at Allah’s creations, some people with weak aqidah irresponsibly take it upon themselves to implore whatever bogusness that the devils whisper into their ears. We fall into the devil’s trap and while we fall, they laugh.
Some examples (with some loose translations and their description):
“Tanduk Kijang Putih Kembar” – White horns of twin deers
What makes these horns special is the fact that they are a very distinct shade of white. Those in Indonesia apparently find these useful for those wanting to win lotteries.
“Mani Gajah Putih” – Semen from a white elephant
Eww. That’s very… unsanitary. What is this obsession of “white” things. Perhaps the typical Malay man’s preference for fair skinned ladies stems from this!
Anyway this is for, surprise surprise- attracting the ladies.
“Buluh Perindu” – Bamboo of Yearning
P. Ramlee movie lovers would recognise the name of this one! When I saw this buluh, and read the description provided I was instantly reminded of the Puteri Buluh Betung. Hihihi. Juvenile this.
Anyway from old folk’s tales, the buluh is used to make one’s voice like *insert favorite singer with powerful vocals*. Apparently, it can also make you rich and undefeatable.
“Buluh Bunian” – Bamboo of Elves
Elves are actually not an accurate representation of Orang Bunian but it is quite close. The only difference I guess is that elves are.. small? Hehe. But like elves, any story associated with Orang Bunian is shrouded with vagueness and mysticism, including, as above, their vegetation.
This buluh is used to guard us against evil. I’m thinking… reading the Ayat Kursi is better.
“Batu timbul di air” – Stone that floats on water
Ahh, unsurprisingly this is used to increase someone’s endurance underwater when hypothetically their boat capsizes or when they are thrown overboard. Maybe it serves as a buoy!
“Batu Hidup” – Living Stone
Apparently the rice husks are there to prevent the stone from… walking around.. the dish? Anyway it is usually used by shamans for protection against evil and any form of disaster. Also called the “Batu Petir” or The Lightning Stone.
Some exhibits are objects which are associated with death and those experiencing it. Below are again, examples:
“Tempayan Isi Abu Mayat” – Jar of a dead person’s ashes
This is used for casting evil spells on a person one doesn’t like.
“Minyak Dagu” – Essence of the Jaw
The most MORBID if the collection! According to some tales, this essence apparently requires a high level of black magic to produce. It is made from the head of a person who has been murdered. =S Very disturbing.
This is also used for casting evil spells on a person one deem undesirable.
Another element that seem to entice black magic practitioners are objects associated with mythical creatures. They seek these creatures, and when they somehow find them, obtain fluids and anatomical structures for the purpose of black magic.
“Rusuk Ikan Duyung” – Rib of a Mermaid
Must be a huge mermaid. Anyway, this is used for… casting evil spells again. In Harry Potter they only used a wand. See how resourceful Asians are.
“Air Mata Duyung” – Mermaid tears
Must’ve told a really sad story. Apparently used for married couples who wish to have a great sex life. Sheesh, need they make it seem impossible to have one?
“Toyol” – Alien
I don’t think this one is from Mars. 😛 Anyway, they are living creatures supposedly kept as pets by people who wants to steal money and refuses to do the dirty work. In return, the toyol sucks blood from the owner’s big toe. That’s just very… metaphorical as well.
 According to many sources, the toyol is actually an aborted foetus which has been raised from the dead. That’s just.. really sad. =( Poor baby. [/edit]
Other items are just… simply man-made, with materials created by Allah by people who disbelieve his power but dare abuse His belongings.
“Azimat Wafak” – Wafak Charm
This is a piece of metal with scribblings, and you wear them to strengthen your inner strength (if that makes any sense), and to make one invincible.
“Azimat Perang” – War Charm
This is apparently a charm used for making enemies frightened and intimidated by the wearer. I’m telling you, all you need is good posture, black eyeliner, no smile and a confident attitude. Theatrics: that’s all to it.
“Jenglot” – Voodoo doll
You know what a voodoo doll does right? Well this is the Asian version.
“Baju kebal” – Jacket of Invincibility
Personally my favorite due to its sheer ridiculousness. It’s a shapeless fashion disaster which claims to be bulletproof.
Omigod this is a really long post!!! I’m going to end this here for now because I for one need to get out of my room!
To all readers, please for the love of god DO NOT by any reason or justification whatsoever practice any form of black magic whether for yourself or to other people, not even as a last resort. It is haraam, laknat and just plain mean. Place your belief in Allah Taala and his Prophet Muhammad SAW and they will protect you, far greater than any mermaid, doll, vest or essence can.