This book published by Dilliebooks is about Penny Knight’s year of travel. Whilst Penny was in Borneo, she encountered a chap who told her a bit of a spooky story about his experience with jungle spirits. Below is an intro to the book and an extract.
An offering to the Jungle Spirits
During her year of travel, trekking and adventure, author and adventuress Penny Knight travelled solo in Borneo. She met many characters including Howard Stanton, a Brit who had travelled the world working in many different roles including hotel manager, a diving instructor, a rescue diver in the army, he had played rugby for the West Indies, and was an international Cabbadi player. He eventually settled in Sabah, northern Borneo to build his dream of an eco-resort. It was there that Penny met him after booking to stay at his accommodation. During a short trek Penny asked him why he left a tot of rum before they entered the jungle – Howard explained it was an offering to the jungle spirits. Curious, Penny asked him to tell her more…
Howard truly believes you need to bless the land before you build on it and leave an offering before entering the jungle to ensure safe passage. He explained to me why…
Howard had been employed in Borneo to oversee the set up of a new hotel, sports and recreational complex. While he was there, the only white man, he got to know and trust the team he was heading up. After eight months, things started happening.
While giving a lecture one day to his staff he was overcome by a powerful feeling which made him feel empty and totally drained. He sat down for a bit and recovered but received a call from his boss sounding worried and asking him to find Tommy, his deputy, in a hurry. He was told to run, so they both ran to the housekeeping department where people were chanting around a girl who was being held down by security while she screamed and writhed around on the floor. After a while, she recovered and all senior staff were called for a meeting to discuss this. Howard heard the locals mention possession, spirits, demons, but he reckoned it was someone trying to wreck the hotel’s reputation and plans. This same thing then happened to several others, mostly young women, in the coming weeks so Tommy, who was highly respected as a religious man, carried out prayers, services and even exorcism. But, it continued, so they bought in other people – Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Pagan. No change, the incidents carried on. Howard still thought that it was someone somehow trying to kill off the hotel competition.
However one day, Tommy and Howard received a panicked call over the walkie talkies calling them to the same department. For the first time they were quickest to the scene and Howard was told to hold the girl down as she screamed and fought. She was smaller and a much lighter frame than me and Howard had just finished a career in international rugby so holding her down should have been easy! But he told me that he recalls being physically lifted off the ground by an invisible force that seemed to have gripped her. She also started hissing in a deep voice “Give me blood, I need blood!” Security arrived, and Howard was allowed to stand down.
He shook for several minutes and despite being a very level headed and practical guy, he had to face up to what he’d just seen. He investigated and eventually found out that the land where the hotel was being built had not been blessed before work started. Many of the plans for other buildings were scrapped. The hotel did eventually open, but there were ongoing reported incidents involving both staff and guests. From then on Howard took the need to keep peace with the jungle spirits very seriously indeed.
‘A Knight Fulfilled: Creating a Life of Travel, Trekking & Adventure’ is available to buy on Amazon:-