Kepuh village in Indonesia has been haunted by ghosts not too long ago – mysterious white figures leaping out at unsuspecting passersby, then gliding off underneath a full-moon sky.
The village on Java island has deployed a forged of “ghosts” to patrol the streets, hoping that age-old superstition will hold folks indoors and safely away from the coronavirus.
“We wanted to be different and create a deterrent effect because ‘pocong’ are spooky and scary,” stated Anjar Pancaningtyas, head of a village youth group that coordinated with the police on the unconventional initiative to advertise social distancing because the coronavirus spreads.
Known as “pocong”, the ghostly figures are usually wrapped in white shrouds with powdered faces and kohl-rimmed eyes. In Indonesian folklore they symbolize the trapped souls of the lifeless.
But after they first began showing this month that they had the other impact. Instead of preserving folks in they purchased them out to catch a glimpse of the apparitions.
The organisers have since modified tack, launching shock pocong patrols, with village volunteers enjoying the a part of the ghosts.
President Joko Widodo has resisted a nationwide lockdown to curb the coronavirus, as an alternative urging folks to practise social distancing and good hygiene.
But with the best charge of coronavirus deaths in Asia after China, some communities, reminiscent of Kepuh village, have determined to take measures into their very own fingers, imposing the ghostly patrols, lockdowns and limiting motion out and in of their village.
“Residents still lack awareness about how to curb the spread of COVID-19 disease,” stated village head Priyadi, “They want to live like normal so it is very difficult for them to follow the instruction to stay at home.”
There at the moment are 4,241 confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus in Indonesia, and 373 deaths, with fears the numbers will rise considerably.
Researchers on the University of Indonesia estimate there could possibly be 140,000 deaths and 1.5 million circumstances by May with out harder curbs on motion.
When Reuters not too long ago visited Kepuh village, the supernatural technique gave the impression to be working, with villagers operating off in fright when the ghosts materialised.
“Since the pocong appeared, parents and children have not left their homes,” stated resident Karno Supadmo, “And people will not gather or stay on the streets after evening prayers.”
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