Even when I was little and growing up in Malaysia, I overheard tales told by older kids about how thieves had burgled such and such a home using black magic. In my childish ignorance I imagined the thieves, sporting fearsome beards and moustaches, striding majestically into homes, and with a wave of their wands putting the occupants of the homes to sleep before robbing them.
My father unwittingly strengthened this image all the more, when one day, he told us that a house nearby was robbed after the thieves threw a piece of thick smouldering knotted rope into the house before robbing it.
The copious smoke that issued from this rope and filled the home had apparently put all the occupants into a deep sleep, and allowed the thieves to rob the home at will. This case however cannot be classified solely under the paranormal category as the thieves may have soaked the rope in certain chemicals or plant juices which upon ignition could have produced the paralysing smoke.
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