Indonesian Mystical Culture, which is still well known today

Indonesian Mystical Culture, which is still well known today

In Indonesia, there are a lot of different cultures in every region in Indonesia. So that the mystical culture in Indonesia is still widely preserved until now. From Sabang to Merauke there are rituals or traditional traditions that are still maintained.

These rituals have a mystical and supernatural smell which sometimes makes no sense. But in fact until now it still survives and there are also many mystical rituals that give goosebumps to see and hear. Here is the mystical culture of Indonesia that is still maintained today.


Indonesian Mystical Culture, which is still well known today

Tana Toraja is known for its various kinds of cultural heritage which is very rich and of course has its own uniqueness. The cultural heritage of Tana Toraja has successfully become a part of tourism activities in the Tana Toraja area, making it one of the mandatory destinations that must be visited when in South Sulawesi.

The funeral ceremony which is held lively has its own charm for local and foreign tourists. However, there is one more ritual from Toraja which is still related to death which is a pity to miss when visiting the Tana Toraja area.

Ma’Nene, that’s how this ritual is known. This ritual is an activity to clean the bodies of ancestors who have died for hundreds of years. Although there are not many who carry out this ritual, in some areas such as Pangala and Baruppu villages still carry it out regularly every year.

The funeral tradition in Toraja is indeed unusual, the corpse will be buried or buried in a high cane. Now the scary part is a corpse that has been around for years suddenly gets up and returns to his house. After returning home the corpse will sleep again. This walking corpse has long been a story in Toraja but nowadays this Ma’nene ritual is very rarely carried out.


Ngayau is a head hunting tradition carried out by the Dayak tribe, Kalimantan. In the Dayak language itself, Kayau means enemy. In other words, ngayau means hunting the enemy’s head. In a book by Carl Bock, entitled The Head Hunters of Borneo, which was published in England in 1882, it contributed knowledge to the world’s citizens about the Dayak Tribe which in fact fostered a bad image of the Dayak as “head hunters”.

Begu Ganjang

Begu Ganjang is a Batak cultural belief, especially North Sumatra, which is told as a figure of a terrible supernatural creature, Begu Ganjang itself has 2 meanings, namely begu which means spirit or ghost. While Ganjang is long. According to stories circulating in the community, Begu Ganjang in ancient times was deliberately kept by residents for misleading purposes such as being used as guards for agriculture and plantations from theft.

Begu Ganjang is described as a supernatural figure who has a very terrible form. That said, he has a large body. He has long hair and a sinister face. In fact, according to the legend that is told, Begu Ganjang can change himself bigger and higher. Begu ganjang is a belief of the Batak tribe of North Sumatra, which is told as a figure of a terrible supernatural creature.

This figure is said to be in the form of a large height, long hair with a terrible face. It is believed that this creature is often in the tops of tall trees. According to local stories, people who meet and see the figure of Begu Ganjang will fall ill, and then die.


In principle, leak is to learn a fairly high spiritual science. Not everyone can do it because it requires high concentration in doing meditation and other rituals. A swindler will try to open the doors of the aura in his body in order to reveal very sparkling lights.

Those are 4 Indonesian cultural traditions that are famous for their mystical culture that still exists today.


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