I thought I had seen all excuses made by students to escape final examination, these had always been : illness, urgent family related events, flood or other national catastrophe, overslept, etc. I never realised that “possessed” can be one. A student walked into the examination room, and then several minutes away, began to shiver uncontrollably, broke into cold sweats and screamed, cried, and rambled about unknown stuffs. Not knowing who to contact, a staff called her dad to come over. Her dad apparently knew how to perform exorcism, so he muttered some prayers, gave her some water, yelled at the spirits and she returned into her normal self. So now, I have to write an extra set of exam questions.
In Indonesia, possessed- albeit a supernatural phenomenon- is not a very rare thing to happen. I wonder if there is another reasoning behind it. Preferably a logical, scientific causes of it. Maybe our country’s geographical structure sort of allowed irregular psychological fluctuations? Or maybe because we’re still in the 7th month of lunar calendar* ? Or maybe because the exam was on malam jumat? I just met the student, she’s okay now, thankfully.
(*) An ancient Chinese belief: on the 7th month of lunar calendar the gate guarding the ‘other realm’ opens, allowing their citizens to be able to go to earth easily (or something like that). 15th day of the 7th month is celebrated as the hungry ghost festival.