An Indonesian writer who lived in France once wrote in his journal that he could sense there was a ghost presence in his apartment in Paris. Being a religious person, he tried to let his rational side take over, but it was not always easy! Sometimes he couldn't sleep at night because he thought he was hearing voices! Later on he found out the source of the problem was a pair of keris (Javanese dagger) that was bestowed to his son-in-law from somebody. For some people who are interested in the world of spirits, they believe there are 'mahluk halus' (unseen creatures) living in the daggers. Just like human-beings, there are good and bad spirits.
In Indonesia it is common when someone feels that his/her house is haunted by spirits, they would ask for a help from shaman (dukun) to get rid of the disturbances. My late parents also did that kind of ritual whenever they built an extended room in our house. I recalled dad also sticked some papers in Chinese writing that he got from the temple in the entrance and some other places he believed was occupied by the spirits. When my youngest brother had a seizure, both my parents were panic and thought he was being possessed. Since then mom never forgot to attach a small red color triangular shape cloth into my bro's shirt. Inside the cloth there was a paper in Chinese writing from the temple to protect my bro from any disturbance of bad spirits. I didn't feel anything weird or scary around our house. Even though I admitted I couldn't walk down our house long corridors without a shiver. Especially when it was my turn to shut down the genset (generator set). Back then we didn't have electricity supply from the PLN, so every household usually owned one genset which would be run around 5pm to 11pm. Well, I'd never seen one, but that doesn't mean they're not there. When I lived in the dormitory, there were stories about a headless nun and other spooky things. I remember even going to the toilet at night became a problem...LOL!
What's your story? What are your experiences with the spirits? Have you ever seen a ghost?