In the mystical world of Nusantara, magic scrolls are considered to be one of the most sought after amulets and talismans. As a part of the Malay world, the Indonesian archipelago is known around the world for its authentic occult practices. The Indonesian spiritual and ritual practices are part of a larger, ancient mystical tradition which shares common features with other Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia.
In Thailand, for instance, magic scrolls are referred to as ‘takrut’. Just like the Indonesian and Malaysian magic scrolls, takrut usually feature magical spells and are stuffed with sacred herbs and powders. However, the main difference between the Thai and Indonesian talismanic scrolls is the use of magical spells and sacred lettering; the Thai use Buddhist spells and Cambodian Khom lettering, whereas the Indonesians will use Islamic spells and Arabic lettering.
Since this Indonesian magic scroll is made and blessed by a dukun in Sumatra, it thus explains the significant similarities it shares with the basic concept of the Thai takrut. Indeed, the island of Sumatra as well as neighboring country Malaysia have since long been influenced by Thai culture – and vice versa. Hence, the unique socio-religious diversity is one of the strongholds of Indonesian mystical tradition as practiced in Sumatra.
Thus, the magic scroll is made according proper tradition, i.e. the talisman is ritually consecrated through a lengthy series of incantations performed by a traditional dukun. The mystical object is empowered with magical spells that serve as a powerful form of protection against inauspicious energies; one’s aura is shielded against the negative influence of evil forces (ghosts, spirits, etc.). Not only is this magic scroll a very effective tool to ward off black magic, but also to improve one’s fate by turning bad luck into good fortune. Furthermore, the magic scroll can bring windfall luck, thereby helping one to become successful in business.