Malaysia Urban Legends – Types of Malay Ghosts

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There are many kinds of beliefs in this world about the types of ghosts. One of the more popular types of ghosts in our local culture are the Malay ghosts. Of course, there are also the Chinese ghosts, English ghosts and even Indian ghosts depending on your religion, race and beliefs. For example, a vampire is an English ghost version whereas Malays simply knows them as “pontianak” and Chinese as “Kiong Xi”.

Malays believe that ghosts are usually only active at night especially during the full moon where it is belief to be the most powerful time for the underworld. Of course, be it fact or just simply another Malaysian Urban Legend, we’ll never know. Below are a lists of the types of Malay Ghosts

  1. Pontianak – also known as the vampire where it is belief that they are usually ladies dressed in white seeking for revenge. The pontianak is said to be the spirit of a woman died of childbirth. Most of the time, they can look very beautiful but if you look closely, she would have razor sharp teeth. They usually comes out after the sun sets searching for men or pregnant women (apparently, it is said that she could not bear the thought of other women being able to enjoy motherhood) to suck blood. Sometimes, they even eat the flesh of babies ripped out from their mother’s womb.
  2. Toyol – these are actually ghostly kids that people adopt for the objective of stealing other people’s money. It is believed that this spirit is kept and preserved in a jar in a form of a foetus. Because the toyol is kept by people to do bidding, you have to feed it with blood everyday.
  3. Polong – unsen ghost that can be used by black magic practitioners (bomoh) to harm someone
  4. Pelesit – a ghost in the form of grasshopper used by bomohs to possess someone
  5. Hantu Air – water ghost found usually in rivers, lakes and swimming pools. They are usually the victim of drowning
  6. Kum Kum – an old witch who attacks young virgins to restore her youth and beauty
  7. Hantu Raya – ghosts that acts as a double for the bomoh
  8. Hantu Tetek – translates as Ghost Breast. This ghost is a female with huge breasts which is said to use it to suffocate her victims
  9. Bunian – good ghost or jinns (genie) that is usually found in the jungle. Loves to help humans in trouble or in need.
  10. Hantu Bungkus (Pocong) – ghost jumping around wrapped in white shroud
  11. Hantu Bukit – ghosts that haunt the hilly areas.
  12. Hantu Jepun – translates as Japanese ghost. Believed to appear wearing WW2 army attire carrying samurai swords. Usually found marching or if you are lucky, you can only hear the footsteps of marching. They are mostly headless
  13. Hantu Pari Pari – fairy ghosts
  14. Hantu Kubur – just like its direct translation of ghost cemetary. These ghosts are usually found haunting cemetaries
  15. Orang Minyak – also known as “oily man”. They are usually seen all covered in black oil and is said to love rape virgins
  16. Hantu Penanggalan (Hantu Tengelong) – Usually women studying black magic that has the ability to split its body from its head and fly around with its guts hanging around. It is said that its love to suck the blood of women during childbirth
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17 comments on “Malaysia Urban Legends – Types of Malay Ghosts

  1. You forgot one, Hantu Rempit. :-P

  2. Myself is Hantu Cina… LOL

  3. Gallivanter, care to define it? :P

    Kenny, so you admitted it! :)

  4. hantu bopley

  5. sasa on said:

    betul ke penanggalan ni asalnya sorang popuan

  6. sasa on said:

    kalo le betol pompuan tue mane gambarnya nak tengok……..

  7. ezselena on said:

    about the bunian(or elves) -even though they offer you alot of help but there was acost to pay with the thing they helped you.

    so dont ever thought the bunian is nice..they also have tricks under their sleeve.
    So be very aware when u meet them in the jungle or rural area..they look like a human form but beautiful(for woman) and the man is very good looking

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  9. …and where can you find this ‘hantu tetek’…how much?

  10. Very Funny All Malay Ghost All like find “virgin girl” HAMSAP

  11. jangan main main sudah jumpa satu kali baru tau sesal se umur hidupmu

  12. i dont think that bunian is a ghost. i believe that bunian is such others creature but not a ghost or ginns. maybe they live in their world that we cannot see them. i think bunian is like human too. because bunian is “orang kebenaran” that’s why we cannot see them. only ” orang yang terpilih” can see them and communicate with them. who know……

  13. club11sam on said:

    hm~~hantu tek tek i never heard b4~and i think no such ghost~~and then hantu pary pary~fairy ghost?????

  14. orang minyak is actually a black magic practitioner. they cover themselves in oil and use ilmu kebal (invincible) to rape virgins.

    and i wouldn’t bet on orang bunian being nice. if one of them falls in love with you, they can either kidnap you to marry you or pretend to be human, marry you and take you away. either way, you will never see your family ever again.

  15. i check all on youtube but hantu tetek only got 1 vid all the rest is other vid

  16. Coward97 on said:

    orang minyak not ghost it a mad guy who steal ppl things and they hard to been catch

  17. Mak Minah on said:

    OIt ! Aku Gangster Taw,, Sini uh fight sama akuw !

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