Legend of Three Knocks and the late night visits in Bali
The old superstition may have passed around you as well that if you hear three knocks in the middle dead of the night with no apparent reason may be a sign that death is knocking at your door. With time you may have out grown or forgotten such "old wives tale" but in Balinese culture it isn't just a story.
As a common sense to most of us Balinese are aware of the fact that unexpected knocks on the door shouldn't be humoured however its a different story on the Islands of Gods believing those knocks bear a unexpected beautiful endearing story which doesn't favor the Grim Reaper being the one who knocks.
As per the Balinese belief, if you hear an unexpected knock on your door from an unknown source whether at your window or your door, It might be you being blessed with a visit from one of your ancestors. You may get awakened in the middle of the night by incessant knockings or unexplainable footsteps, whilst several cases have heard whispers from familiar voices summoning their name.
Balinese respect their ancestors immensely and you can see that from their every day routine, from their prayers to ceremonies or the biggest holiday of Galungan which solely celebrates the homecoming of their ancestors spirits to Earth. Kuningan is the day which marks their return to the heaven. But come these eerie ‘visiting hours’, the ancestors are treated like nothing more but wind in the night. Their advice? Just go back to sleep. The belief is that if you open the door for them, you’re actually accepting an invitation to enter their world.
Another belief has a eerie background which suggests that if you hear those knocks at ungodly hours may be because of your family's connection with the black magic. Opening the door might unleash a leak - a mythological figure from Balinese witchcraft which which can come in the form of a head with a very long tongue and sharp fangs – will ‘lick’ you, causing a deathly sickness or even death itself.