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The truth is out there, online

  • Adisti Sukma Sawitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 6 2008   /  11:58 am

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE: Donny Tahir, Julius Perdana and Edi Santoso (from left to right) are among long time members of BETA-UFO, the largest UFO hobbyist community in the country (JP/Adisti Sukma Sawitri). Superstitious types who collect amulets might consider themselves worlds apart from science-fiction nerds who believe in unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. But at least both agree Nyi Roro Kidul, a powerful female genie believed to rule the northern coast of Java, exists. While most of the amulet collectors travel to the northern coast seeking her charms, the female genie is also a sizzling chat topic, triggering a long discussion at the Yahoo group mailing list BETA-UFO, a UFO hobbyists' community. Only BETA-UFO calls her a "beautiful alien", instead of a genie. "In ancient times, Nyi Roro Kidul rode a golden wagon. This is similar to a l...