Devoting Reverence to “Datuk” – The Soul Entity
30.04.2011 35 °C
The organizer for this group, James, has been reminding me that this island Pulau Lalang, is an uninhabited island. He further told, this island may appear uninhabited by any settlers, but there are inhabitants of another form of entity, living in the land of the island. They are incorporeal entities in nature, unseen in any substance but appear with an intensity of energy, a spirit of souls that capable to subsist by taking charge as a master of the land on the island. What? That sounds a little eerie.
Adding to the belief of nature-worshipping, as the island is widely known, its land is the formation ground of the spirit of incorporeal entity. They are worshipped by the fishermen gathered from the mainland and the spirit of souls are regarded as “Datuk”, a very convincing title of due respect paid to the entity. Anyone who wants to come to drench in the island, there is a strict rule to obey. People are refrained or prohibited from making contact with any food that contains the substance of pork. In short, only halal substance is permissible to be brought to this island.
What if we do not go along with the embodying mythology of permissible rules? Would anything happen to us? Is it mere a myth? There is no answer for it. In any case, though we may not want to overwhelmingly react by paying ritual homage or worship them, with exercising a little sensible common sense, it will lead us away from unwanted trouble. Whether you believe it or not, you better not be recalcitrant. A few common taboos you should not do. You don’t pee at any rock that has unusual formation, you wouldn’t want to cut any trunks that grow in a very alien form neither would you want to be pompous with a mouthpiece of teething philosophy intending to cynically contempt the existence of the incorporeal entities. If you deliberate break any of the above, you are looking for trouble yourself, not a cause by anyone.
“Ahu, would you like to join us in paying homage to the spirits of Datuk?” asked James, “We are going to burn some frankincense and paper effigies as an offering of due respect to the soul master of this land”. I declined his call very politely. I always act against to incline paying any homage, especially the ritual aspect of burning paper effigies and paper currency as many people do in the worshipping rituals of the pagan belief. Through the influence and the propagation of Islamic and Christianity teachings, I ought not adore or ever unduly devote to the soul entities in any carved image. In the teaching of Islam, these incorporeal entities do co-exist with human beings. Though these incorporeal souls do exist, the muslims are strictly refrained from devoting any reverence to the incorporeal souls and shall live exclusively away from attaching to them.
At the bay of the shore, there is a huge boulder. The configuration appearance of this boulder is very unusual in such an alien outline. Scientifically, it is formed by the weather after a long years of abrasion polishing caused by the rain and wind. People alleged that they could sense a mass lease of energy radiating from the boulder. Many people particularly the fishermen from the mainland come to worship and make devotion to this boulder, hoping to seek a fortune. Everyday, there are people coming to the island, wanting to change their life from rags to riches overnight through this kind of worshipping, hoping to draw some lucky numbers and expecting a wealth to drop on the laps falling freely from the sky after seeking indulgence from the incorporeal master.
When there appears a mystical power and awe in mystery with the quality of being unexplained, like the mythology of energy of the boulder, people would contemplate without hesitation to seize and grasp the mystery power, without considering the consequence of going against the religious teaching. All they do is only hoping to seek a great fortune from it. How awful human beings are.