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It’s October, time for Westerner to celebrate Halloween. We, Indonesian, do not celebrate Halloween. But since October is famous for Halloween, I decided to share Indonesian ghosts every October of each year.
Westerner has Halloween as the day the spirits show up and Japanese has Bon day, for Indonesian, especially Javanese, we have Malam Jumat Kliwon. Malam means night, Jumat means Friday and Kliwon is the name of day in Javanese calendar. Malam Jumat Kliwon can be translated as the night before Jumat Kliwon. The Javanese mixed calendars, our daily calendar used by most people all over the world and their own calendar. It is said that that night is the scariest night of all, malam paling angker. The night where ghost could suddenly appears in front of you.
That’s all I can share about the scariest night in Java Island. Now let’s get to the main topic of this month’s Indonesia Banget. The ghost I am going to share to you is the famous Kuntilanak. Since I and most Indonesian consider her as one of the scariest ghosts ever exist here, I don’t want to put her picture or image in my blog as something clearly visual. All her pictures or images can be seen by clicking that white image with kuntilanak letter. I just don’t want to answer comments to this post in the middle of the night with her picture looking straight at me. I posted this in day light, I searched her image in daylight…night time is not a good thing to do this. You might start thinking that I am afraid of her…well, the answer is simple enough…YES, I am afraid of her!!!
Kuntilanak is a woman dressed in a long white dress. She has really long hair. She often stays on trees and sometimes wondering here and there. From the description I give you, if you have seen Ringu (not the American version, The Ring), Sadako reminds me so much of her…and that’s why I was freaking out the first time I saw that movie. She has this special cry that can chill anyone who hears it. What’s so special about her cry is that if you hear her cry so close to you that means she is far from you, however if you hear it as if it comes from so far that means she is so close to you.
I have heard her once. Thank God I have never seen her. It was in the middle of the night, I was watching a movie on TV. My younger brother came home and knocked on the door. I was so engaged with the movie, so I opened the door and went back to TV. My brother suddenly called me back to the door. He was whispering “Kak….kak…sini deh!!” (Sis…come here!!).
I went back ignoring the movie because he sounded so mysterious. And then he told me to listen. There, so far away, I could hear her famous cry. My brother was smiling and said that it must be the one everyone had been talking about lately, many people saw her sitting on a tree about 5 houses away from my house. Yeah…you read it correctly, my brother smiled!!! He wasn’t scared because he sees things.
There are so many rumors about her, which one is the correct one, we never know. It was said that Kuntilanak used to be a woman who died during pregnancy and she was looking everywhere for her child. There are also rumors that to get rid of her is by nailing her head. Some believe she has a hole on her back, although Sundanese refers to a woman with the hole in the back as Sundel Bolong not Kuntilanak. In Malaysia, she is called Pontianak.I knew this after reading Nekoneko’s review and did a little internet search. Pontianak became famous in Malaysia after Indonesian immigrants came to that country. But Indonesian Kuntilanak does not suck human’s blood like the way Malaysian describes Pontianak.
I have some stories related to her…both are true story, or so they said.
A friend of my friend told me this first story.
There was a girl who was just returning for her campus, she went a bit late than usual. It was already dark and not many cars were around. She took an angkot, a public transportation like the picture on the right. There was a big glass window on the back side of the angkot. She sat there and looked at the view outside (as I always did when I ride on angkot). The angkot suddenly stopped. The girl was still looking out of the window and thinking that a new passenger just stopped the angkot. The angkot stopped longer than it used to. She became curious and averted her gaze toward the driver. But instead of seeing the driver, she saw the driver was no longer there and the driver’s door was opened. The driver had run away. And there on the only door to get inside and outside the angkot, stood a woman in white dress with extremely pale face and long hair looking straight at her. She was shocked as there was no way out of the angkot. The strangest thing was, people finally found her the next morning still inside the angkot with a terrified face. She was sent to psychiatric ward. My friend told me that after she got out of the ward she could see ghost almost all the time as if her window to that world has finally opened.
This second story happened in my best friend’s office. Her office belongs to a Canadian and you about to read 2 different perspective from2 people from 2 different nations.
A friend of my friend had to work late with his boss, a Canadian. They worked inside the main laboratory. That laboratory had a huge window facing to the back yard. There was a big tree in the yard. And I should remind you that the event took place somewhere between 11-12pm, in the middle of the night where most people were asleep. They were so busy and forgot to close the curtain. The boss was looking out of the window and looked bewildered, he asked his co-work (my friend’s friend) “why is that girl sitting on the tree in the middle of the night?”. The Indonesian worker looked at the tree and tried to be cool by saying “sir, let’s just close the curtain shall we!” He was scared and the Canadian boss was bewildered. You might say that it was probably a real human…but it was impossible as the back yard had high fence and the front gate had a security guard.
You might not believe everything I said here because you don’t believe in ghost and other supernatural thing…but here in my country, we believe that there are other unseen beings living among us. One of those beings is Kuntilanak.
I will share more next year :)