Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Power of Shamanism

It doesn’t do much for your faith in shamans, but it has a certain entertainment value.

A shaman in Indonesia jumped into a crocodile infested body of water to recover the body of a teemager who had been attacked there the day before.

As it happened, the shaman did not have the powers that he thought he had.

The Daily Mail reports:

This is the moment a man claiming to have supernatural control over crocodiles died after one of the reptiles appeared to drag the shaman under water.

The man, named Suprianto, died after the suspected crocodile attack in Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia, despite his supposed powers.

In the shocking video, he is seen swimming into the waters to look for the body of a teenager, called Arjuna, who was attacked the previous day.

But Suprianto was dragged under mid-mantra as he was swimming and chanting while on a mission to find the boy.

I hope you caught it. He was attacked while “mid-mantra.” Now, if only he had been able to complete his mantra, his stunt might have had a happier ending. Or better, he should have remembered to tell the crocodiles of his powers.

The moral of the story is: What would we do without the Daily Mail?


James said...

Attacked in mid mantra. That's a tuffy. He just didn't have the right rattles and divination equipment. Also it is well known that most Indonesian crocodiles are agnostic to a fault and when it comes the supernatural are quite testy about it.

Sam L. said...

Indonesia? Must have been Islamist crocodiles. (Crocs? No, can't say that.)

Ares Olympus said...

Perhaps the moral of the story is to mantra-softly, but carry a big knife (and practice holding your breath).

That humans can override our fears is an astounding thing. I guess with 7 billion people, we can afford to lose a few of us to failed experiments. The otherwise natural response to fear, if we listen to our reptilian brains, is to destroy all our rivals that can threaten us.

Here's another attempt, even if it needs a disclaimer "Don't try this at home"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7fZZUfvx0s The Man Who Swims With Crocodiles

James said...

Sometimes (mostly with crocodiles) you need more than faith or a big knife.