Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is the country’s most densely populated city. It is the most populous city in Southeast Asia, and currently ranked as the thirteenth of the world’s 200 most populated cities. The suburbs of Jakarta – Tangerang, Depok, Bekasi and Bogor – make its official metropolitan area the second largest in the world. Approximately 10 million vehicles roam the streets of Jakarta every day. By and large the majority of vehicles used in Jakarta’s traffic are motorcycles. Needless to say, motor drivers run a huge risk of getting traffic accidents.
Hence, travel safety is crucial in Jakarta’s bustling streets. Sometimes merely driving carefully is simply not enough to avoid an accident. Many Indonesians therefore seek additional ways to protect oneself from getting physical injuries. Mystical items that are made and blessed by a dukun are believed to be very effective means for additional protection. Thus, this Indonesian Islamic locket is ritually empowered with safety features that avoid traffic accidents.
And so, the front face of the locket features the image of a motorbike, indicating the talisman’s practical function to offer protection. The rear face has ancient Islamic spells and sacred Arabic lettering on it. Also, there are several different mystical items inserted to the locket, which are sealed with a tiny metal pins. The metal loop at the top of the locket allows one to wear the talisman on a necklace, or to hang it onto a key cord, keychain or a lanyard for keys.