The kucing hutan, or (Javan) black panther (Panthera pardus melas), is a wild cat with black fur, and lives in the dense tropical rain forests in Java, Indonesia. In traditional Indonesian mysticism, the Javan black panther is seen as a holy animal, which possesses supernatural abilities. These magical powers include, among others, fearlessness, boldness, leadership, stamina, and agility. Due to the traits of the panther, it is perhaps not surprising that practitioners of traditional Indonesian martial arts, known as pencak silat, developed a fighting style based on the animal’s swift movements. This fighting technique is inspired by the vicious overwhelming power of the panther.
The front face of the locket features the image of a leaping panther, representing the esoteric power of kanuragan which gives the owner of the amulet protection in times of danger. This jumping move symbolizes the animal’s ability to attack with incredible speed and power, overpowering the opponent quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, a powerful Islamic spell is written in Arabic on the rear face of the amulet. The magic formula used here serves a particular purpose, namely to call upon the supernatural abilities of the Javan panther by boosting one’s self-confidence, while at the same time increasing one’s self-esteem.
Thus, the kucing hutan locket is sanctified by the renown Banten masters, who empowered the amulet through a series of incantations to invoke the ferocious and powerful nature of the Javan panther. Since the locket is imbued with magical power and sacred blessings, this amulet can therefore be used for the following purposes: protection from danger (e.g. to fend off attacks, to avoid injuries, etc.), physical strength and endurance (for pencak silat practitioners, for example), and charisma and leadership (for business owners, shopkeepers, entrepreneurs, sales representatives, etc.). The locket can be worn around the neck as a pendant, or carried along in one’s wallet, bag or pocket. Alternatively, one can also store the amulet in one’s office, or hang it on the wall at home.