8 Weird and Wonderful Indonesian Folk Beliefs

Superstition runs thick in this country, from ghosts and spirits to karma and lucky charms. It's a wonderfully rich culture and because of that we're presented with some fantastic beliefs of the villages of Indonesia. Here are 8 we think you'll love! 

1) Don't hate when pregnant

Indonesians believe that when a woman is pregnant, she isn't allowed to hate or think badly of anyone. This is because it is believed the baby will come out resembling that hated person.

(This can be witnessed in the West family picture below)

If Kimmy K hated Ray J

If Kimmy K hated Ray J

2) Say 'permisi' before you pee

When outdoors and you feel the need to pee on a tree, you must say "Permisi" (excuse me) first. It is believed that spirits sleep by trees, and if you don't say permisi first then you may pee on a spirit... Men, if you do this, the spirit will punish you buy shriveling up your penis. 

This guys a goner :-

3) Don't sleep on one side of a big bed

There is a belief that if you sleep in a large double bed, alone, and only take up one side of it, a spirit shall come and occupy the other side. Not exactly your ideal spooning partner! 

Don't know your Indonesian ghosts? Check them out here!

4) Placing umbilical cords with siblings

An old wives' tale instructs mothers to place the umbilical cord of a newly born child next to the child's sibling when it sleeps. This is to strengthen the connection between them and hopefully make them best friends through life. 

5) Throw baby teeth on the roof

Apparently, if a child's baby teeth fall out, the teeth must be thrown onto the roof to avoid that child getting 'horse teeth'. 


6) Smooth delivery

Ladies, we know you all dread that moment when you have to give birth. Labour, the most painful thing a human can endure! Don't worry, Indo's got it covered - the trick is, during labour you must hold your hair in your mouth throughout the process. This ensures a smooth delivery.

7) No banana splits

Believe it or not, village women of 'yore' would avoid eating bananas whenever possible. This was because it was said that if she ate too many bananas, it would cause a man's willy to go soft during intercourse. So no banana splits for her? That's true love right there.

8) Rain, rain, go away!

An old, traditional way of stopping rain -and this one is actually still used by many people even today- is to place a chili and shallots on top of a long stick, and then stick that stick into the ground in the area you don't want rain. 

(Another one is to throw your used undies onto the roof!)

So? Are you guys believers?