But in Bali, it is taken VERY seriously and believed by most Bali Hindu’s and their Hindu priests.
If a Balinese is sick and they go to a medically trained Dr and the Dr doesn’t know what is wrong with them or don’t get better after taking prescribed medications, then they go to a Bali traditional doctor. The traditional doctor is trained to recognise if the person has had a black magic spell put on them. The fact that they haven’t recovered from their illness despite the Dr’s best treatment and drugs, means that it is most likely that a black magic spell has been placed on them.
People that practise black magic are called leyak. They learn about black magic from others who are trained in this and from books that are not available to the general population. Leyak have the ability to transform themselves into animals at night time and hence can enter the homes of their victims. Black magic spells are done by entering the victims home and putting something into their food or water or by buying a talisman and using that to create the spell.
With the help of a Hindu priest, a Balinese that has had a black magic spell put on them, can fight it. But to fight it requires the victim to have a very positive and strong belief in themselves.
And where is the centre of black magic in Bali? In Sanur, where I live.