Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Investigation of Psychic Beliefs in Bali

Academic journal article The Journal of Parapsychology

Investigation of Psychic Beliefs in Bali

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ABSTRACT: To understand psi more fully, one needs to study it cross-culturally. This study examines the beliefs about paranormal occurrences among the Balinese, and the authors compare these results, where possible, with survey results in American and European cultures. Most of the data are based on a survey conducted in Bali, Indonesia, but some information from in-depth interviews with Balinese practitioners is included to illustrate in greater depth some aspects of the survey data. The survey was given to 534 Balinese ranging in age from 15 to 75 years; the respondents came from both the capital city as well as from a more rural area.

In general, belief in the existence of psychic phenomena was found to be quite high in Bali; there is no question that the vast majority of Balinese surveyed believe in paranormal occurrences. Yet, in contrast to the high belief in its existence, the Balinese do not generally believe that they personally possessed psychic ability. Although a larger percentage of people responded that they had personally witnessed psi than the percentage who believe they possess psi abilities, it is still a smaller percentage than those who believe in its existence; therefore, their belief in the existence of psychic phenomena seems to stem more from a cultural belief than from any personal experience. …

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