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originally posted by: threeeyesopen
a reply to: threeeyesopen
Hello everyone, just wanted to say thanks for participating, it's certainly a topic that is tricky at best to prove wether it's real or fake.
Personally I'm still of the opinion it's real but my opinions are biased from personal experiences.
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
The Kelantan region of peninsular Malaysia is known for being pretty superstitious. When I was there it didn't seem a week would go by where there wasn't some fantastic claim about something or other supernatural. In fact, many of the Malay towns along the Thai border seemed to be that way. It wasn't unique to Malaysia either. Similar claims would happen frequently just north of the border in Thailand also. There's a tremendous amount of cultural tension along this border, and I always chalked a lot of these stories up to stemming from this tension either directly or indirectly.
Robert Bartholomew, a sociologist, said it was a textbook case of mass hysteria - a situation in which various people, often in a small, tight-knit group, suffer from collective delusions. This can lead to incidents of mass fainting and vomiting.
"Malays are susceptible because of their belief in an array of spirits," Mr Bartholomew told the BBC, adding such outbreaks usually occur in all-female boarding schools because they are the strictest.