As international locations all over the world wrestle to provide you with methods of preserving folks from going outdoors and decelerate the unfold of the novel coronavirus, Indonesian settlements try an unconventional answer – volunteer ghosts.
In Kepuh village, Central Java, folks courageous sufficient to enterprise outdoors their properties at night time threat coming face to face with ‘pocong’ or shrouded ghosts, legendary figures believed to be characterize the souls of useless folks trapped of their funeral shrouds. The pocong monitor visitors coming into the village and ensure that residents keep indoors as a lot as doable, to forestall them from spreading the doubtless lethal coronavirus. Quite uncommon for ghosts referred to as scary and creepy in Indonesian folklore, however then once more, these aren’t your typical pocong.
The scary ghosts are literally volunteer youths making an attempt to assist village leaders maintain folks in for their very own good. And if it means dressing up as shrouded ghosts, and placing on scary make-up, so be it. In reality, it was the group youths who proposed the concept to the village chief, and he was sensible sufficient to settle for.
“We wanted to be different and create a deterrent effect because ‘pocong’ are spooky and scary,” mentioned Anjar Pancaningtyas, head of a village youth group, including that locals required further convincing to stay indoors. But the excellent news is the unconventional approach appears to be working.
“Since the pocong appeared, parents and children have not left their homes,” mentioned resident Karno Supadmo, “And people will not gather or stay on the streets after evening prayers.”
“During the past three days, no residents were seen going out at night. Apparently, they’re scared of the fake ghost,” Anjar Panca, the keeper of Kesongo’s Al Himmah mosque, advised The Jakarta Post.