The Magic Sword
From the Village of Kedotan
The Village of Kedotan has many fascinating stories and things to see. One such object of interest is the magic sword owned by Pak (Mr.) Abdullah (60 years old).
Pak Abdullah said that his sword has been handed down through his family for multiple generations. He didn’t know the exact date when the sword was made, he could only say that it was from the Dutch era. He also informed us that it was used during battles with the Dutch, and he claims you can still see blood on the blade from when his ancestors used it to kill Dutch soldiers.
The sword now hangs in Pak Abdullah’s bedroom where it will at times begin to rattle and shake, informing Pak Abdullah of imminent danger, like a flood, a thief, a murderer that is about to happen, or some other disaster that is about to occur.
Swords like this are said to have jimat, or magical powers. Some people believe that if they have a knife or sword with these powers they will become invincible. One famous knife in Jambi that was said to have given all the sultans their great mystical powers was the renowned knife Kris Si Ginjai (we found 10 variations in the spelling of that knife’s name).
Pak Abdullah also told us that he is the only one that is able to hold that sword. If anybody else attempts to pick it up, it will shake violently. We were informed that several years ago there was a man from Jakarta that wanted to come and purchase the sword from Pak Abdulah, but on his journey to the village he mysteriously disappeared and was never seen or heard of again.