Leyak

Anak Agung Gde Sobrat (1912 – 1992, Padangtegal, Ubud)

Leyak (Sorcerer)
Acrylic on canvas, 171×100 cm

“The villagers, who may be either men or women, are said to have gained magical power to change their bodily form and roam about at night in search of a pray. Called Leyak, a term that has been more properly rendered as sorcerer, these persons inflict suffering only to people they know well. Lelyak are said to have a burning desire to eat the flesh of their victims, especially of fetuses, children and their favorite menu is unborn babies whith fresh blood.

Leyak are said to have their power with the help of a sorcerer and through special secret rituals in the graveyard where the beings who are the source of their sakti are to be found. Leyak are thought of as working their evil alone, with the help  of a healer or guru. They are also sometimes thought of as a community with non-human sources of power, the spirits and deities of the graveyard and its adjacent temple, the Pura Dalem.”

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