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Indonesian exorcists finding work in Malaysia

toyol-indonesiaIndonesian exorcists are being used in Sarawak, Malaysia to help drive out a “toyol” which has been causing havoc in a school, according to this article in the New Straits Times.

Mysticism and black magic retains a strong foothold in this part of the world. Of course I am surprised that people still believe in mythical spirits, but I became even more disturbed after reading exactly what a “toyol” is on Wikipedia.

It is a small child spirit invoked by a bomoh (Malay witch doctor) from a dead human foetus using black magic. It is possible to buy a toyol from such a bomoh.

I am sure they would make great souvenirs.

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