Volunteers play the role of ‘pocong’ to make people stay at home outside the gate of Kepuh village amid the spread of coronavirus in Indonesia. Photo: Reuters

Coronavirus: in Indonesia, ‘ghosts’ volunteer to keep people indoors

  • Typically wrapped in white shrouds with powdered faces and dark-rimmed eyes, ‘pocong’ represent the trapped souls of the dead in Indonesian folklore
  • In some areas, villagers are calling on the age-old superstition to scare people into stay inside
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Volunteers play the role of ‘pocong’ to make people stay at home outside the gate of Kepuh village amid the spread of coronavirus in Indonesia. Photo: Reuters
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