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Malaysia Urban Legends – Types of Malay Ghosts

Monday, December 4th, 2006

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. Continue reading Malaysia Urban Legends – Types of Malay Ghosts »

Grandma’s tale of horror story

Monday, November 27th, 2006

My great grandma passed away at the age of 96 years old. That, was about 5 – 6 years ago. By now, if she was still alive, she would be celebrating her 100th ++ birthday. I remember back then when I was still young, I used to be a very mischevious kid always curious to know more about ghosts. But because it was a very “pantang” (taboo) thing to talk about in our culture, she never told me a single story. Instead, she would cast a angry look to scare me into keeping quiet. It never really work because I always ask her again the next time. Its funny thinking back that I’ve always loved to hear ghost stories.

It was not until one day she finally gave up. She told me that old ladies or perhaps old people had the ability to see ghosts. It was something she realized when she reached her 60 something year old. At that time, being young, I was horrified and swore not to reach 60, just in case. She only managed to share with me 2 stories, one which I forgot and didn’t understand due to the language barrier she and I shared (she spoke cantonese and at that time, I could only understand very little of it) and the other, well, this was what she experienced.

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Hotels in Malacca haunted?

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Recently, Melon, his girlfriend, Cream, Sunny Boy & Jane went for holidays at Malacca. After some thought of the many array of choices of hotels in Malacca, they decided at a posh hotel which would be an easy access to the town center by walking distance. Equatorial Hotel was their choice of option. After checking into their own individual rooms at this hotel in Malacca, Melon & Cream with luck got a room with balcony whereas Sunny Boy & Jane had a room without a balcony.

Throughout Melon & Cream’s stay at Equatorial Hotel, Cream did not hear or see anything wrong although it was often she felt that the room sometimes creeped her. As for Sunny Boy & Jane, they enjoyed their holiday so much that they extended their stay there.

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