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Debus is a known martial art from the province of Banten, Indonesia, which combines dance, sound and mysticism with magical nuances.

It is known that this art is extreme, but very unique and interesting, because it shows the ability of the human body to become immune to all types of weapons, both sharp weapons and hard objects, embers and others.

Some Debus shows that are exhibited most frequently are scenes of eating nails or glass, piercing the abdomen with spears or other sharp weapons without hurting, cutting limbs with knives or machetes, eating fire, sticking wire needles in the tongue, skin of the cheeks or other appendages without bleeding.


20 02 10 13 07 25 778 DecoOne of the Debus performances where they cut a hand with a machete (Photo: FB Golagong writer's SS video)

Other demonstrations of Debus include watering the body with mercury, so the clothes get destroyecd but the skin remains intact, also frying the eggs on the head, burning the body with fire, climbing stairs or walls made with sharp machete leaves, and roll on broken pieces of glass.

 20 02 10 13 13 16 415 DecoDebus Practitioner eating nails (Photo: https://id.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debus_(seni))

According to information from https://id.m.wikipedia.org, Debus in Arabic means "iron bar with a pointed, round tip." Debus art began in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Maulana Hasanuddin (1532-1570).

Initially, Debus began to be known by the people of Banten as a way to spread Islam. Then, at the time of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa (1651-1692 AD), these extreme martial arts became a tool to boost the fighting spirit of the people against the Dutch colonialists.

Today Debus is best known as a martial art that is widely exhibited in cultural events or traditional ceremonies.

According to one of the modern Debus figures, Tubagus Barce Banten or Abah Barce, Debus had nothing to do with magic, since magic was a Shirk act (assign partners to God), not allowed in Islam.




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