Indonesian Magic, Big Business

I was always fascinated by the mysterious blending of Islam and traditional Indonesian religions on the island of Java. It played in the politics, the art, and the daily behavior of people I observed and met. Unquestionably a majority Muslim country, Indonesia embraces a spirituality that places a belief in and conversational relationship with nature, writ large, as a focus of daily life.

This is a great video from the Al Jazeera news service, about how this belief in magic has been turned into big business.

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