SANGOMA KILLED BY CROCODILES AFTER POWER FAILS | An Indonesian man who claimed to be a pawang buaya (a kind of sangoma with magic powers over crocodiles) has reportedly died after a crocodile apparently attacked him.
According to online publication Coconuts Jakarta, Suprianto had dived into the Muara Jawa estuary in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan last week to find the body of a man named Arjuna. Arjuna had died the day before after being attacked by the reptiles in the crocodile-filled waters.
But instead of being protected from the crocs by his supernatural powers, Suprianto was reportedly himself killed by them. Witnesses reported that they saw him dragged below the surface of the water while he was chanting and swimming.
Kutai Kartanegara Police Chief Fadillah Zulkarnaen was quoted in reports as saying: “We have recovered the two bodies. I think he was dragged by a croc under the water and then ran out of oxygen. From the pictures I’ve seen, his body is still intact, his arms and legs are still there.”
Arjuna’s corpse was also still in one piece.
Coconuts Jakarta reports that there have been two other attacks by deadly reptiles in recent months. In July, a crocodile “returned” the body of a man it had killed the day before after supposedly answering a pawing buay’s call.
Elsewhere in Indonesia in March, a giant python reportedly swallowed a man whole in West Sulawesi.