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    [COLOR=#1B2024][FONT=HelveticaNeue-55-Roman][SIZE=6]Pilgrims flock to 'Sex Mountain' in search of fortune
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    Sex Mountain in Indonesia attracts thousands of Muslim pilgrims, who believe having sex out of wedlock at this holy site will bring them wealth and good fortune. Dateline follows them as they take part in this unusual ritual.
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    By Patrick Abboud

    [COLOR=#525E6E][COLOR=#1B2024]17 NOV 2014 - 5:29 PM[/COLOR] UPDATED 18 NOV 2014 - 8:49 PM[/COLOR]





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    Married men, cheating housewives, government officials and prostitutes revelling in a mass ritual of adultery and sex. This is what happens on Gunung Kemukus in Indonesia, otherwise known as Sex Mountain.
    “I come here to seek good fortune,” regular visitor Mardiyah told me as I follow her journey on tonight’sDateline at 9.30pm on SBS ONE.
    She is one of thousands of pilgrims who journey to a mysterious hilltop in Java to perform this ancient ritual. Most of those who take part in the ritual consider themselves devout Muslims.
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    [SIZE=4][COLOR=#525E6E]Mardiyah prays at Sex Mountain, in the hope that the ritual will help provide money to pay her debts.
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    There are several versions of the mythic tale that date back to the 16th century. Legend has it a young Indonesian Prince Pangeran Samodro had an affair with his stepmother.
    They ran away and hid on Gunung Kemukus. One day, while mid-coitus, they were caught, killed and buried atop the mountain. It's now an Islamic shrine where this sex ritual takes place.
    The story goes: pilgrims must copulate on the mountain every 35 days for seven consecutive times and blessings and wealth should come their way.
    But for the magic to work and the money to flow, it’s believed their sex partner for the ritual should not be their spouse.
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    [SIZE=4][COLOR=#525E6E]Gepeng travelled hundreds of kilometres to reach Gunung Kemukus, or Sex Mountain.
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    I meet Gepeng, who like many others has travelled hundreds of kilometres from across the archipelago to get to sex mountain.“You go there to look for a different partner, not the one you have at home. Historically that's how it works," he said.
    Another man travelling with him explained: “I don’t tell my wife. There’s no way my wife will find out.”
    Pilgrims first pray and make offerings at the grave. They then must wash themselves at sacred springs nearby and once that's been completed, they have sex.
    This ritual isn't seen anywhere else in Indonesia or the rest of the Muslim world. It’s a very Javanese blend of religious ideals with Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist influences.
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    [SIZE=4][COLOR=#525E6E]A visit to Sex Mountain includes rituals combining Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist influences.
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    Professor Keontjoro Soeparno, a social psychologist from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, has been studying the ritual for more than 30 years.
    “It’s a strange thing. A paradox: there’s a mosque, shrine - but outside – there’s a place for having illicit sex,” he said. "The fact is - it's hypocritical."
    It's impossible to ignore that the ritual is riddled with contradictions. Islam views adultery as a sin, so the 'out of wedlock' sex clearly goes against the mainstream law of the religion.
    Karaoke bars and ‘sex shacks’ line the hillside. Some are privately owned, others built and funded by the local government. But they’re loathe to publicly admit there is any sex going on at Gunung Kemukus.
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    [SIZE=4][COLOR=#525E6E]'Sex shacks' offer rooms by the hour for those who've found a new partner to have sex with.
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    "Pilgrims should come here with pure hearts and clean bodies,” a gatekeeper employed to look after the mountain shrine said.
    "We’ve never said the sex is a condition of the pilgrimage. It’s what they want to do."
    The territory has become prime real estate for commercial sex workers. Professor Keontjoro estimates about half of the women who show up now are prostitutes.
    “The government facilitated the rise of prostitution. The Islamic religion forbids all this, but the government would rather not know about that. Because they’re more interested in profit – they leave their religion behind," he said.
    Some say if you pay for sex the ritual doesn't work. The reality is the local government makes a sizeable profit from sex mountain. They charge the stalls to set up shop and the pilgrims pay a toll to enter the site.
    With up to 8,000 pilgrims arriving on the busiest nights and an entry fee of around 5000 rupiah, or 50 cents, a time, it's big business in Indonesia.
    So it’s not surprising officials and religious leaders turn a blind eye.
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    [SIZE=4][COLOR=#525E6E]Up to 8,000 people visit Sex Mountain on its busiest nights, with seven visits required to complete the ritual.
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    The question remains though – how do we know this ancient tradition actually works. Does sex with a stranger really boost your bank account?Mardiyah genuinely believes it does, attributing sex mountain and its spiritual powers to her recent success.
    “Praise be to God, after coming here, even though I have a few debts, my business is making a bit of a profit. Even though it’s small, I still give thanks that I’ve received blessings from here,” she said to me.
    I don’t know how willing I am to believe in the legacy of Prince Samodro and his stepmother lover, but I can understand the attachment to the myth

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2...search-fortune
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    Village people may be kinkier than Jakartans people after all























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    "The Beauty of Indonesia is located outside Jakarta"

  • #2
    I have heard about this, but I always thought it was a made up story - something to create drama. I would not actually believe it unless I saw it.

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    • #3
      i thought it was like a big al-fresco orgy,
      turned out they provide rooms by the hour. :P
      [FONT=tahoma]be strong.. I whispered to my wi-fi signal[/FONT]

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      • #4
        Just grabbing my raincoat....
        Cicak Magnet

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        • #5
          So I guess all these people are eating their cake and having it too, plus more! They get to have extra-marital sex without consequences (other than STD if not careful) and a chance to get rich! Deal of the century?

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          • #6
            Is it possible to merge this thread with the "Our next gathering event..." thread?

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            • #7
              The joy of Indonesia... the place is full of prostitute, FPI ever want raid the place (discussed in this forum some year ago) but where not able because this illegal activity of prostitution is under the protection of... the police!!!
              La motivation vient en se motivant ~ Motivation come by self-motivation

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              • #8
                hahahaha!
                almost choke when reading your post Happyman
                [FONT=tahoma]be strong.. I whispered to my wi-fi signal[/FONT]

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                • #9
                  Where is Kemukus btw ? Is that place safe for hiking ? or its just a humping forest?
                  "The Beauty of Indonesia is located outside Jakarta"

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                  • #10
                    Wait.... this makes them bad Muslims or non Muslims? Probably just bad Muslims right? Bad Muslims following traditional rituals.

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                    • #11
                      They are just bad.....who's their daddy anyways ?....
                      "The Beauty of Indonesia is located outside Jakarta"

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                      • #12
                        I can't believe this .. Hey any female looking for a male massage therapist?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Happyman View Post
                          Is it possible to merge this thread with the "Our next gathering event..." thread?
                          Who can arrange the transportation? Anyone?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rabbit_39 View Post
                            Wait.... this makes them bad Muslims or non Muslims? Probably just bad Muslims right? Bad Muslims following traditional rituals.
                            It's certainly kufr. It may even be shirk if they believe that these mythic royal figures have divine, intercessory powers. Their Muslim credentials are in serious question.

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                            • #15
                              We had a thread about this before. Very little seems to have changed about the situation. It should be closed as a public health hazard.

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