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Sacred Brass Gamblers Coin featuring Semar and Traditional Javanese Characters

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The relatively large and heavy plaque of brass has a circular shape that is reminiscent of an ancient coin from China. This coin, however, is not Chinese but Javanese. Instead of Chinese characters we see traditional Javanese writing embossed on the rear face of the amulet. It reads: "1946 Palang", referring to the year of ...

Javanese Semar and Petruk Divinities Coin Amulet

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Semar and Petruk both are Javanese divinities, belonging to the group of four Punakawan (pronounced: Punokawan) deities. Semar is the eldest among them, followed by Bagong, Petruk, and Gareng. Petruk has a very fierce character, whereas Semar is characterized by peace and wisdom. Legend has it that Petruk used to be a benevolent rākṣasa demon. ...

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, ...