While on board, I’m reading a book and 1 of the article catches my attention. It’s about ritual or travellers superstition. So here we go for the stories.
Story 1 : Lemang to share
I’m not sure whether this is practiced by all Indonesian but I believe some part of places would do. Based on stories, this happen in Balik Papan. The traveller had a 15 hours journey ride from Banjar Masin to Balik Papan and suddenly the car broke down.
The driver went out to check what happen to the car. Apparently, one of the passanger asked accusingly, “Did anyone bring along lemang?”(sticky rice cooked in bamboo culm). Another passanger who looked like she’d just remember something, sheepishly retreived her big duffel back of the minivan. After a bit of rummaging, she bashfully revealed a lemang stash. And she throwed the lemang out of windows. In not the time at all, the driver started the engines and resumed the journey. Instead of congratulating the drivers, the passangers chided the women for the bringing the lemang on the journey.
The other passangers told that it had drawn the attention of the spirits who only let them go after receiving their dua share.
Story 2 : Bed Position
Some of travellers are concerned on the position of bed in hotel rooms. They will make a beeline for the bed and check it’s allignment with the door and the mirror.
If the bed faces the door, they will reposition the the pillow so that they don’t sleep facing it. What a more frequently are the mirror facing bed. They will take great length to remedy this by draping a blanket or towel over the mirror. Some believe that sleeping facing the mirror or feet pointing towards the door would hanging the bad luck.
According to feng shui, sleeping with position brings bad luck and drains your energy. So, travelers out there, if you have this superstition, you are not alone anymore.
Story 3 : Knock the door
Based on story from frequent traveler, he saw 1 man that just check in beside her room, paused for a moment. He rapped on the door rhythmically, as communicating merge code. She witnessed the strange performance as he knock the door.
Why did he knock on the door when clearly there is no one in?
A month later, she was so surprised to observe similar ritual when she for for holidays with friend. She asked why? Apparently, it was to announce their arrival to the room’s unseen occupant. You may snigger at a thought of superstition believe, but many travelers did this and set to follow the rules upon arrival.
This is a part of the stories. If you feels creepy, me too. Believe it or not, up on you. 🙂