Guess what? He wasn't immune
Every once in a while, we hear about a story where a person willingly went up against a large, deadly wild animal only to find that the predator was far stronger than they were. While animal attacks in the USA are not too common these days, the same cannot be said for rural areas in Indonesia and the rest of southeast Asia. For some reason, that fact has lead to an ever increasing number of people claiming to have magical powers that can keep wild animals at bay. Spoiler alert: the powers don’t work.
Wild animal attacks seem to be on the rise in small villages in Indonesia, a fact that is likely due to an increase in people that believe they have complete control over nature and are determined to prove it. There have been a few high-profile deaths at the jaws of animals recently, yet people who claim to be gifted with supernatural powers just keep testing their luck.
In the latest case of animal versus man, a resident of Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia named Suprianto decided to help out the community by taking on a lake-full of crocodiles. A teenage boy named Arjuna had gone missing after being attacked by a crocodile in a nearby lake the day before and Suprianto was determined to be the hero.
Though most people would be worried about going for a dip in a lake full of predators with a taste for human flesh, Suprianto felt that he would be just fine. He was a shaman that claimed he only needed to repeat a certain chant in order to keep the creatures at bay. He told the villagers to watch him enter the water to see how impervious he was.
Suprianto can be seen wading in the water alone. He dips below the surface with his arms held out for a moment before he begins swimming across the water. Like a scene out of a movie, Suprianto is pulled underwater by something hard to see and he never comes back up. People become increasingly worried about his safety, but they figure after a few minutes that he probably met the same fate of the teen that he was trying to recover. Indeed, both of their bodies were found a few days later.
Kutai Kartanegara Police Chief Fadillah Zulkarnaen said, “I think he was dragged by a croc under the water and then ran out of oxygen. From the pictures I’ve seen, his body is still intact, his arms and legs are still there.” The teen’s corpse was in a similar intact condition.
Syarifuddin met a fate like Suprianto’s back in July when a crocodile dragged him into the water in Berau, Indonesia when he was hanging out with his friends. Family and police couldn’t find his body for days and believed that the croc ate it or took it deep into the Lempake River. They called upon a local wizard who has a reputation as a master of “crocodile witch craft.” Astonishingly, after the man put a spell on the local crocs, one appeared carrying the still-intact body of Suarifuddin in its mouth. It dropped the corpse off by the people filming him and swam away.
Crocs aren’t the only ones getting in on the action. A video from March 2017 showed a group of men cutting open a gigantic python in West Sulawesi, Indonesia to find their deceased friend Akbar Salubrio. The man set off to harvest palm oil, and he wasn’t seen alive again. The villagers heard his screams as he was being suffocated to death by the animal. It’s unclear whether he thought he could keep the deadly snake at bay or not.
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