Sunday, May 17, 2009
Bercakap Dengan Jin
I'm sure many of us have read or at least heard about Bercakap Dengan Jin (Talking to Djinn) series (later compiled onto serial novels) by Tamar Jalis. The novels were extremely popular in the 80s to the extend that it were sold more than 1 million copies.
The series were first published in the magazine Variasari, a popular mystery magazine just like Mastika today. In fact it was a huge phenomenon at that time causing dozens of other mystery novels with various titles & authors followed it's style.
I personally owed to the novels as at that time I was started learning to read and Bercakap Dengan Jin was my favourite novel.
The story followed the author's true supernatural experience (with some exagerations as he claimed) with his grandfather, a bomoh (spiritual healer) centered around Perak but also travelled to most of peninsular Malaysia and even to Sumatera in solving other people's out-of-this-world problems. I have to admit that his story was one of the reason I attracted to Perak, the state where I currently reside & work.
The author's experience & story revolved around normal traditional Malay's belief such as marriage with bunian (elf maybe?), keeping ghosts (hantu raya, toyol etc) as aid, crying graveyard, santau (voodoo-like magic), pontianak (vampires), keeping supernatural tigers as pets and so on... even the bigfoots!
Adding excitement & higher sense of realism to the stories was the author's detailed but natural writing style & his reference with hystorical events.
And currently in my parents house I can't resist to take a peek at my collection of the novels...
I wonder to do some Jejak Bercakap Dengan Jin, the location of the stories of course not the experiences... Kusss semangat...