This is our translation of a legend from the Jambi Province.
The Invisible Village of Koto Rayo
Centipede in Kota Rayo
When touched with a stick, the centipedes will roll up.
This legend, which many of the Batin V believe to be their genuine history (a fact), illustrates their ingrained belief in the paranormal and the powers possessed by their shaman (dukun).
Elderly Batin V men explained to us, how originally, all the people who now make up the five Batin V villages originally came from one village, and its name was Koto Rayo. The location where the ancient village was said to be located is now a very dense, untouched jungle, about 6 acres in size. It is surrounded on three sides by a palm oil plantation, with the fourth side being the Tabir River. This section of jungle is considered sacred by the Batin V people and is forbidden to be cleared for any reason whatsoever. The reason is explained in the legend below. (This legend is similar in some respects to Brigadoon—the invisible town in the famous musical with the same name.)