5 Adorable Hantus of Asia you would love to meet this Halloween
By Verena Chia
October 3, 2016
5 Adorable Hantus of Asia you would love to meet this Halloween… Or maybe not…
The mystery of death and spirits has inspired many alluring stories and thrilling tales. From the vampires of the west to the well-known Sadoko of the east, characters of twilight have charmed (and haunted) generations of people around the world. Perhaps less known to us are the cute and adorable Hantus of Asia. You don’t see them much in movies or novels and they may seem harmless and adorable, but before you consider catching one this Halloween for a pet (we doubt a pokeball would do), read on and be warned!
Here are 5 hantus, so adorable; you probably won’t suspect anything harrowing if you meet one this Halloween...
#1 Hantu Pocong
Commonly known as the wrapped ghost or the bundled ghost, this variant comes from an Indonesian/Malaysian origin. It is said to be the soul of a dead person who came back to life ... inside its shroud.
The shroud is a ceremonial fabric used to cover a dead body while the family is in mourning, typically used in the Islamic culture. Popular as a costume due to the feasibility and ease in its design, the Pocong, sometimes funny while other times horrifying, has always been a much celebrated character amongst many Asian media.
Be wary, however, when you see a floating Pocong. Who knows what resides within?
#2 Hantu Tuyul
Commonly known as Hantu Toyol or the ghost baby, this particular type of spiritual energy exists in many different cultures and countries but with different titles and names. A small supernatural being, the Hantu Tuyul is invoked by an Indonesian Shaman or Witch Doctor from a dead human foetus using black magic.
Like any child, the Hantu Tuyul can be coaxed with sweet offerings; such as, candies and biscuits. Some owners of the Hantu may even smear their own blood as a haunting sacrifice that brings about good fortune and prosperity.
We won’t recommend this method to win the lottery though, as negligence may cause creepy, unnerving and eerie consequences to those who foster it.
#3 Hantu Wewe Gombel
This loving old lady you see walking on the streets at night might bring back memories of childhood and fresh homemade cookies, but be warned, this hair-raising nanny might not be who you think she is.
Her story is a daunting one of heartbreak and sorrow. A devoted wife of many years, her husband rejected her after she lost her youth and fertility. Angered and furious from his lack of affection, she murdered him after finding out about his extramarital affairs, and then swiftly put an end to her own life.
Following her sorrowful death, a cursed spirit took advantage of her vulnerability and possessed her body. She is said to wander the lonely streets, attracting neglected and abused children from their homes in the wee hours of twilight.
Though bitter and furious, the Wewe Gombel is kind and gentle to the abandoned children who have come to her care (or captivity).
#4 Hantu Banaspati
This great ball of fire-born spirit loves to mess around. Also known as the Hantu Kemanang in different parts of rural Indonesia, it inspires stories of hellish devils born to life.
Appearing in dark places of forests and fields, the frightful Banspati has no desire to harm or hurt. Most of the time, these spirits appear to disturb and taunt humans for their own entertainment. That being said, the wisps do, in certain situations, suck human blood for nourishment.
The solution to the spooky possession is one that may have came out from the movies. Sufferers of the afflicted ghostly being are told to run into the closest blessed building, such as, a mosque or a temple, and start praying. Here’s where all the marathon training comes in handy, as the haunted would not be able to stop running or praying till the demonic apparition disappears.
#5 Hantu Gundul Pringis
A coconut with a face; doesn’t sound too terrifying, does it?
Look at them; they should be bringing a smile to anyone who sees them. “Gundul” means bald and “Pringis” means laughing, so even the name of the ghost is hilarious.
The origin for this adorable spirit, however, is not as charming as it turns out to be. These ghosts are actually separated heads or ghosts disguising themselves as round objects. They do so to be picked up and brought home by their adoptive owners or buyers and soon will reveal their true forms.
Seeing and owning a Hantu Gundul Pringis often leads to accidents and misfortune, leading to the death of those unfortunate enough to view them.
Come check out all our adorable HANTUs and MORE this Halloween at any of our SAFRA CLUB Halloween Celebrations!
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