Ponari the little Shaman carried by a relative to heal his patients
Picture from : www.kompas.com
Hi everyone, this is my first posting in "in-indo" after 2007, well the phenomena of Ponari the little shaman from Jombang (a regency in east Java, Indonesia) has catch my attention and make me want to start to write a post again.
For anyone who has not know about Ponari phenomena here is a short review about him :
Ponari was just a regular third grade elementary student from Jombang who accidentally stroke by a lightning and find a magical stone that fell from the sky after the lightning. His cousin was sick from a fever and Ponari put the magical stone to his cousin drinking water and miraculously his cousin soon recover from his fever and healthy again.
The news then spread out mouth to mouth to everyone in Jombang and suddenly Ponari became the famous little shaman with his miraculous stone.
From a few days ago until now hundred or maybe a thousand more people comes to Ponari house and asking him to cure their illness. Ponari cured them by dropping his stone to a glass of his patient drinking water. Unfortunately until now there has not been any research about the stone content or is it really have the healing effect or just gave a great feeling of believers that make it can heal people. But Ponari is still just a little child who needs time to play, go to school and do all the regular things children do, and this phenomenon has take it all away from him.
From this morning news (16 February 2009) I heard that the Ponari shaman medical practice has close down in order to gave him time to do his regular children activity, but still hundred of people stay at his home to be healed by him. Several people who can not meet Ponari even take a hand of dirt from Ponari home or a glass of Ponari sewer water and hoping to get a healing miracle from it... WHERE HAS THE RATIONALITY GO???
Hemm... personally I feel sorry for them, maybe it is because the proper medical cost in Indonesia are still to high for poor people so this illogical phenomena becomes the only way for poor people to ge a medical care?? I don't know but again the question still run through my mind "Come on people please use your mind for a moment, the water is not even sterile enough to drink, how you can use it as a medicine???"