Some people would look at Indonesians’ love of gadgets, technology consumption patterns, and social media utilization rate as indicators of the country’s modernity. But that’s only one dimension of Indonesia. Access to technology does not always mean departure from antiquated traditions or beliefs. Some Indonesians still believe in mysticisms and consequently the power of shamanism. We have covered this topic in relation to consumerism before. But today, we’ll look into the role of shamanism in politics, especially in relation to the politics of 2014.

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