I sit on the floor of the bamboo veranda of the small hut facing the ricefields.
I hear a young female voice weeping in the middle of the flat, vast and moonlit waters collected by the paddies.
Communists are materialists. They don’t believe in ghosts. Whether they turn into ghosts is another matter. Communists were massacred by the Suharto government in the 60s.
It was a coup by the military against the left-leaning government of Sukarno. 500,000 to 1,000,000 communists and suspected communists were killed.
There were death squads, auxiliaries to the military, organized to go village to village and kill the communists.
Until now, there is a very strong right-wing tendency in Indonesian government and society. Buried not so deep as well are racial resentments, tension, between the Malays and the Chinese minority. The Chinese are present in great or small numbers in all of the countries of Southeast Asia where they usually engage in business.
Their relative economic wealth over the Malay majority creates resentment.
The death squads created ghosts, hundreds of thousands of them. They wander the countryside. They float during certain nights like clouds over the ricefields, the flooded paddies, reflected on the water.