Halloween is Over, But Let's Read About Some Ghosts in Southeast Asia
In many countries we all know that there is always a ghost story and ghouls. The urban story and the ghost story we will hear time by time from our great great grandparents to now. Yep, reading or hearing ghost story is quite interesting yet scary. In October 31st there was a Halloween day which celebrated in many countries, this day is often linked to ghost, people will dress as scary as they can to celebrate Halloween. Though, Halloween is over, but it is okay to read some of ghost stories from some countries in Southeast Asia.
Ma Phae Wah (yellow-ribbon lady) - Myanmar
This ghoul makes her home in the cemetery, but come midnight she hoists a coffin onto her shoulder and shuffles through town with her long hair waving in the spectral breeze. Woe to the household where she stops and puts down her casket on the doorstep, for someone in that family – usually a child – will soon sicken and die. In the late 1990s Ma Phae Wah appeared in the dreams of a monk in Kayin State and announced her intention to eat the flesh of babies. The sayadaw suggested that she dine on dogs instead. Subsequently, security-conscious parents sought to protect their infants by posting signs in front of their homes saying, “Baby’s flesh
is bitter, dog’s flesh is sweet”.
Krasue - Thailand
Once a beautiful woman who was burned to death, Krasue is cursed to be forever hungry and so sets off each night in search of blood and flesh. Living as a normal person by day, by nightfall the head detaches from the body into quite the frightful sight. A floating head with viscera dangling below, Krasue will dine on animals or faeces if she can’t find a pregnant lady or newborn baby, and will wipe her bloody mouth on clothes hanging outside — which is why Thais ensure not to leave things out overnight.
Orang Minyak - Malaysia
The orang minyak, or oily man, is believed to be a person who made a pact with the devil to obtain power or to win back their loved ones. In return for this, the person must worship the devil and rape 21 virgins within a week. The person would be naked and covered in dark oil so that they are hard to catch. The scarier part of this being is how there have been actual cases! Throughout the later half of the 1900’s, there have been sightings of the orang minyak in various villages throughout Malaysia. The latest sighting was in 2012 at Kampung Laksamana, Gombak for about 10 days.
Phi Kong Koi - Laos
Phi Kong Koi originated as a jungle ghost (ຜີກ່ອງກ່ອຍ in Lao, ผีกองกอย in Thai). She looks like an elderly grandmom hopping on one leg, sometimes with a backwards foot, shouting a distinct cry “kong koi, kong koi!” repeatedly to state she’s hungry. Phi Kong Koi likes to suck blood from the big toes of people sleeping in the jungle so travelers are warned to keep their feet together or crossed to protect themselves. Some folklorists say Phi Kong Koi evolved from an ethnic group which has not been seen for a long time.
The frightening true tale of Pulau Tekong - Singapore
Every Singaporean, especially the young men who have been part of the national service, is sure to have heard some version of this story. During a routine march, a young recruit of the Charlie Company stationed in Palau Tekong went missing. After an extensive search, the boy’s body was found the next morning. He was in a sitting position with one hand on his rifle and the other on his water bottle. After this incident, many recruits of the Charlie Company have claimed to have seen the ghost of the dead boy.
In Islamic practice, before they burry someone who is already dead, they have to warp the corpse with a white shroud with some manners applied. So, Pocong is believed that the ghost with that appearance haunting people. Many believed that this is because the string of the shroud was not untied before the corpse buried so that the Pocong is seeking for help to untie it. Pocong is scary yet haunting since the appearance as a dead man with rotten face, smell like pee, jumping and flying around. There is a theory that if you meet pocong, you should do zig-zag run so that the Pocong cannot chase you. We can find Pocong in Malaysia as well
The Batutut - Vietnam
The Batutut is a human-like creature that has been rumored and speculated to be in the jungles of Vietnam since 1947. Tthe Batutut mythology gained even more popularity during and after the Vietnam War when hundreds of American GIs claimed to have seen the creature, which they called a "rock ape." The Batatut is best described as a miniature Bigfoot. It stands roughly five feet tall and its muscular body is covered with red hair.
These are ghosts ghouls from some countries in Southeast Asia. though, it is arguably about the appearance of ghost. Some people do believe in ghosts and ghouls but many people also don't believe it. However, apart of believe or not believe matter ghost stories is always interesting to hear and to read.