15 Types of ghost you can find in Malaysia

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1. Pontianak 

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The pontianak is a vampiric ghost in Malay and Indonesian mythology. The pontianak are said to be the spirits of women who died while pregnant. This is often confused with a related creature, the lang suir, which is the ghost of a woman who died while giving birth. The word pontianak is reportedly a corruption of the Malay perempuan mati beranak, or “woman who died in childbirth”.

2. Pocong

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A pocong is an Indonesian/Malaysian ghost that is said to be the soul of a dead person trapped in its shroud. Known in Indonesia/Malaysia as kain kafan, the shroud is the prescribed length of cloth used in Muslim burials to wrap the body of the dead person. The dead body is covered in white fabric tied over the head, under the feet, and on the neck.
According to traditional beliefs, the soul of a dead person will stay on the earth for 40 days after the death. When the ties aren’t released after 40 days, the body is said to jump out from the grave to warn people that the soul need the bonds to be released. After the ties are released, the soul will leave the earth and never show up anymore. Because of the tie under the feet, the ghost can’t walk. This causes the pocong to hop.

3. Penanggalan


The Penanggalan or ‘Hantu Penanggal’ is a ghost of Southeast Asian folk mythology. It is a variation of the vampire myth found in theMalay Peninsula, or as Balan-balan in Sabah.
According to the folklore of that region, the Penanggalan is a detached female head capable of flying about on its own. As it flies, the stomach and entrails dangle below it, and these organs twinkle like fireflies as the Penanggalan moves through the night.
Due to the common theme of Penanggal being the result of active use of black magic or supernatural means, a Penanggal cannot be readily classified as a classical undeadbeing. The creature is, for all intents and purposes, a living human being during daytime (much like the Japanese Nukekubi) or at any time when it does not detach itself from its body.

4. Hantu Tetek


This ghost is a female ghost and has a huge breasts. She uses her breasts to attack its victim and make full use of her huge breasts to suffocate them to death. Some says, the Hantu Tetek’s breasts is at the back instead of the front. There are many different version of how this ghost came about. Some people says she is actually a Balinese witch.

5. Mohini


Mohini is an avatar of Lord Vishnu (Hindu Religion) who lured a demon and killed him.Normally,women who end their life on their own are supposed to be loitering with sex urge as’mohini’s and lure unwary men into trap and kill them.

6. Polong

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Polong is Malay for a spirit enslaved by a man (most of the time) for personal use. Like the Hantu Raya and Toyol, it has a master. It is an unseen ghost that can be used by a black magic practitioner to harm someone. It is particularly meant to harm other people, especially when the owner has wicked intentions towards these people.

7. Jiangshi


A jiangshi, also known as a Chinese “hopping” vampire or zombie, is a type of reanimated corpse in Chinese legends and folklore. “Jiangshi” is read goeng-si in Cantonese, cương thi in Vietnamese, gangshi in Korean and kyonshī in Japanese. It is typically depicted as a stiff corpse dressed in official garments from the Qing Dynasty, and it moves around by hopping, with its arms outstretched.
It kills living creatures to absorb their qi, or “life force”, usually at night, while in the day, it rests in a coffin or hides in dark places such as caves. Jiangshi legends have inspired a genre of jiangshi films and literature in Hong Kong and East Asia.

8. Nu Gui


The Nu Gui is the ghost of a woman dressed in a long red or white dress. The most common Nu Gui’s come from women who commit suicide and return to the realm of the living to take revenge on those who have wronged them. There are tales of ghosts returning to earth as beautiful women who seduce lecherous men before killing them and taking their blood in revenge.

9. Toyol


10. Langsuir


A female vampire, the spirit of a woman who died in childbirth. They suck the blood of children through a hole in the back of the neck which is normally hidden under their ankle-length hair.
Cutting the hair and the long nails renders a langsuir harmless if the hair is used to block the hole in the neck. Glass beads were placed in the mouth, eggs under the armpits and needles in the hands of a dead woman to ensure that her spirit did not become a langsuir.

11. Bajang


An evil spirit appearing in the form of a polecat. This spirit can be evoked when the proper incantations are recited over the spot where a still-born child has been buried. If the bajang mews, another child will die. Some say that the bajang takes the form of a polecat and can be kept as a sort of family pet, fed on milk and eggs, and can be sent to bring illness and disaster to others. Also commonly identified as bajang, badjang or badjang.

12. Bunian

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Orang bunian (pronounced “BOO-nee-ahn”) are supernatural beings in Malay folklore, invisible to most humans except those with spiritual sight. While the term is often wrongly translated as “elves”, it actually means “hidden people” or “whistling people”.

13. Puaka


14. Hantu Bidai


15. Hantu Jepun

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