Jimat Keberuntungan

(Good Luck Amulet)

AmuletThis replica of an old Dutch coin is carried by Indonesians, or placed above doorways, to protect them from evil spirits and give good luck.

Amulet
This replica of an old Dutch coin is carried by Indonesians, or placed above doorways, to protect them from evil spirits and give good luck.

While visiting a traditional market, we stopped at a stall that was selling a variety of amulets, one of which was an assortment of replicas of old Dutch coins. There are many Indonesians which believe that old coins and old paper currency possess magical powers. People will carry this money in their wallet for protection. We’ve also known people to place them above the doors to their homes, on a ledge in that area. This is somewhat similar to the horseshoe that people in US used in days gone by. These horseshoes are still commonly seen hanging above barn doors, though the people only have them there as a decoration, they don’t really place any value in them.

Replica of an old Dutch coin, which many Indonesians believe possesses magical powers, after it has gone through a ritual with a shaman / witch doctor (dukun, orang pintar).

Replica of an old Dutch coin, which many Indonesians believe possesses magical powers, after it has gone through a ritual with a shaman / witch doctor (dukun, orang pintar).

Different from Indonesians, they still place great value in this old currency and coins. We’ve seen a shaman place an old Rp100,000 bill on his hand, and the ends of it curled up. This man also had several swords and knives around his home, hanging on walls, which he believed possessed magical powers. Jambi Sultans in days past always carried the same knife (Keris Siginjai), which empowered any person who held it with invincibility.

Indonesians believe that these coins and currency will protect them as they travel on the road, or protect their homes from any evil spirit that would try to enter and create problems within the home.

It isn’t only the uneducated person living in dire poverty that believes in these magical powers. We know one man who carries a Rp100,000 bill in his wallet, and he is a principal in a Jambi High School, and his wife is a medical doctor. This is evidence that people in all levels of the education and economic spectrum have beliefs in these amulets (jimat).

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