INDONESIA: Competition for a Witch

On the glamorous island of Bali, evil is personified by Rangda, a loathsome witch with sagging breasts and white, shaggy hair. In recent weeks, Rangda has had some stiff competition: 38 Balinese have been assassinated by roving bands of youths. As a result Bali's music-filled nights have become silent, its festive dancing curtailed.

Balinese had been staunch supporters of Indonesian nationalism, conducted guerrilla war against the Dutch up to the signing of the first U.N.-sponsored Indonesian-Dutch accord in 1948. At that time 800 young Balinese rebels surrendered and the guerrilla war ended on Bali. The Dutch sentenced the guerrillas to...

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