Tag Archives Kalimantan

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; ...

Indigenous Indonesian Shamanic Porcupine Potion to achieve Commanding Power

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The indigenous tribes living in the rain forests of Kalimantan have a close relationship with nature and the wild animals in this environment. Amongst several other animals, the porcupine plays a central role in Indonesian shamanism. Its sharp quills are believed to possess supernatural powers, which make them ideal ingredients for traditional amulets and talismans. The ...

Deep Dark Green Moss Agate Crystal embodied by a Fairy-like Spirit boosting Productivity and Spontaneity

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The natural dark green crystal is found in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Moss agate is a unique gemstone in the sense that – to the layperson – it looks a lot like an emerald, while others perhaps might confuse it with aventurine. While agate normally has distinctive banded layers, the moss variety lacks these features. Instead, the ...

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 ...

Mystical Beautification Potion to Increase Social Engagement

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Made from herbal oil, the mystic potion has a remarkably subtle yet penetrating scent. The natural fragrance is reminiscent of fresh flower offerings and burning incense used in ceremonial magic in Indonesia. In fact, just like the smell of incense and flowers appeases the spirits, the scent of this floral concoction brings bliss to the ...