In general, the ancient Javanese mystical teachings of the Kebatinan tradition revolve around spiritual practice and ritual magic. This talisman, then, shows the perfect example of the concept of “Unity in Diversity” (Javanese: Bhinneka Eka Tunggal; i.e. the official national motto of Indonesia) since it encompasses both mysticism and sorcery into one all-inclusive locket. Therefore, the mutual inclusivity of authentic Indonesian amulets like this is the real secret of its potent power.
Several hand-written incantations of Solomonic magic have been carefully applied to the front and the rear side of the talisman. During the consecration ritual, however, the featured Islamic magical spells – written in Arabic – were performed in conjunction with the recitation of indigenous Javanese mantras. This illustrates yet another embodiment of the ever-present mutual equality of Indonesian magic in general and Kebatinan in particular. Indeed, the amulet’s unique fusion of Islamic magic and Indonesian occult characterizes the spiritual potency of Kebatinan.
The ritual empowerment, first and foremost, was aimed at invoking mystic khodam spirits. After the ritual offerings had been prepared and were offered to the spirits, they conveyed their bestowal of blessings. Thus, the khodams’ blessings resulted in multiple mystical properties being embedded in the locket. For instance, one could use the item’s magical quality for the purpose of protecting oneself against black magic and preventing bad luck in general. Moreover, owing to the individual blessings performed by the dukun himself, it is believed that the wearer will be able to make faster progress in spiritual and ascetic practices like meditation, chanting, and fasting.