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Precious Pink Ruby Gemstone with Khodamic Spirit Skull Amulet

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This special ruby gem was once part of the hilt of a Balinese keris. The sacred dagger was used as a ritual instrument for ceremonial magic. Later, after long periods of use, some of the mystical stones got loose and eventually came off of the handle. While the danganan hilt has been inlaid with new ...

Antique Bhuta Danganan Keris Hilt Figure carved from Deer Antler imbued with Demoniac Qualities

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Bhūtas are the demonic creatures of the underworld. In Bali, however, nature spirits and demigods are often equated to the bhūta as well. In Balinese folklore they are portrayed as hungry ghosts and wandering spirits. Yet not all of them are evil, for indeed, there are also many benevolent ones among them. Therefore, it is ...

Indonesian Herbal Aphrodisiac of Natural Black Long Jack Plant Roots

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Long jack (Lat. Eurycoma longifolia) is a medicinal plant native to Indonesia. Its roots have natural healing properties, which is why they are used in traditional Indonesian medicine for the making of herbal remedies and supplements. The plant's name in Indonesian (bida(da)ri laut) means "celestial sea nymph" (Sanskrit: apsarāḥ), referring to its aphrodisiacal quality. However, ...

Sorcerous Headhunting Mandau Dagger with Wild Pig’s Teeth, Hair, and Bone Ornaments

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Although the sinister practice of headhunting has been discontinued decades ago, the material culture of indigenous tribes continues to be valued by people in Indonesia today. Ancient Indonesian artefacts such as swords (pedang), daggers (keris), machetes (golok), and spears (tombak), attest to the cultural significance of traditional weaponry. The same holds true for the mandau; ...

Traditional Indonesian Aphrodisiac Medicine of Long Jack Plant Roots

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The long jack plant (Latin: Eurycoma longifolia) is renown for its alternative healing properties in Southeast Asian cultures. Though native to Indonesia, the plant is also found and used in Malaysia and Vietnam. Especially the roots of this particular plant serve as a highly efficacious ingredient for herbal remedies. Indeed, the extraordinarily bitter taste of ...