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KEREI (SHAMAN)

In Mentawai, Kerei come from Sitakigagailau's mitosis, the youth who is lifted by Taikamanua's souls to sky and awarded by lovely body and handsome appearance. And when is lowered return to earth, it possesses magic for heal person. In earth it presents a presentation to Taikamanua's soul at time Punen so that he receive fruitful.

A young man or young woman called to become Kerei when suffering sick, through dream or not awareness.

Disease and dream are sent by sky's souls, where in that dreamed their that enter the forest to hunt. At that time, their experiences life vacancy for temporary. A Kerei called to investigate what is that the person has call or not. When Kerei enters, he sings in face bakat katsaila and directly discuss with kina buluat. With the song he investigates, to seek provided that and the disease's reason. He asked to youth of sick who that is replied with words that is able to be only understood by Kerei, because the voice is soul voice. Kerei more further repeating contact with the youth until are known desire by taikapata's soul, souls that there is below sky that to determine the youth becomes Kerei and reward Kerei's profession to him.

In Mentawai, lady and man can become Kerei, but that normal is man. Kerei is the original term to call who physician to have magic's strength (hoist). Since Kerei receiving the power, it is continually helped by protection's soul. Because his that is able to discuss with souls.

Function

There are two Kerei's functions, first appointing of new Kerei and heal the sick person. To is able to conduct the duty well Kerei must know and understand:

  • How the method to heal the sick person and the type of question what will be delivered at soul.
  • How the method to select and gather grasses and leaves for medicine.
  • How the method to give medicines to victim.
  • How the method to investigates disease.
  • How the method to drive away pitok and push a curse.
  • Know with all dance type.

Relating to disease's healing, duty of Kerei is:

Appointment of Kerei

Candidate of Kerei that called, request to Rimata can be admitted as Kerei. After Rimata examining with seksama, he agree and announce to Uma's member to appoint candidate of Kerei.

More complete read Appointment of Kerei.

Magi

In Mentawai, Kerei doing white magi (white magic) to investigate disease's reason with purpose to determine that medicine. While that does evil action (black magic) was called with Pananae, man or lady. While their victim was called with Taekakenen.

Motive is done by Tae (prepare the poison or other thing) because of revenge feeling, jealous, hate etc. The area which most famous to make and carry out tae is Saka-lagan (south division in Mentawai Islands).

Regularly Sipananae can do that with method to gather possession victim materials (Taekakenen) such as former or scraps, clothes, hair, or cigarette butt. When to be collected, then Sipananae making treaty with Sanitu Sakatai (the evil soul to obtain assistance) such as giving something to evil souls that was called with Panakiat, such as chick, cut clothes, tobacco, or necklace according to ability Sipananae.

After presentation thing determined, he calls Sanitu Sakatai and present Panakiat. The presentation is together with curse in anger and Sipananae destroying the thing that symbolizes the victim with knife, chopper or spear and arrow. Eventually the smash result is burnt. Tomorrow day, Taekakenen will sick and later die.

Mentawai person whom sick after receive medicine from Kerei also cannot be heal he disease, is considered as victim from Sipananae. To examine truthfulness, is taken to an egg and is put to poison on saucer build. When failing to mean the disease originate from Tae.

 

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