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10-hour incredibly bumpy motorbike journey yesterday, good God it was uncomfortable! Very sore bottom afterwards (and during!). However, I do feel really connected to the world when I’m on a motorbike. When the sun was setting, I felt very poetic… it was like God was showing off all of His creation and had created light for this sole purpose. I also perceived light as an unrequited lover from afar caressing and admiring beautiful but unaware subjects.
Arrived in Pontianak just to find out I’d missed the first day of a Dayak festival which was apprently very photogenic… damn! Rest of the festival as far as I can make out is just to drink huge amounts of tuak and arak. Lots of fun, but not loads to photograph.
Went to interview another magician/shaman, turned out to also just heal ill people… I want one that puts curses on mobile phone thieves! This one was a bit more media friendly… the last one didn’t want to pose with any props, but this one went and got props for the photos without being asked! He even gave me a VCD of a traditional ceremony but it was unfortunately too scratched to view. Interestingly, one of the ceremonies this shaman carries out is for arguing families and carries out a couple of these each year.