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As I have said last year, although Halloween is not an Indonesian tradition and those who are now celebrating are people who had been influenced by the western world…but in the spirit of Halloween all over the world, I like to share a bit of Indonesian ghosts.
Last year, I introduced the most famous ghost in Indonesia, Kuntilanak. I do believe she is exist…you might think it’s ridiculous but can’t help it not to believe her existence.
Kuntilanak is a woman dressed in long white dress. She has really long hair. She often stays in tree 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 heard it. What’s so special about her cry is that if you heard her cry so close to you that means she was far away from you, however if you heard it as if it came from so far that means she was so close to you.
What I am about to share next is something I myself don’t believe…but the story has grown so big that sharing it feels like a must. What I wrote here is 100% based on my memory of what people said to me, I didn’t do any comparison with other site in the net because the this kind of story tends to changed from mouth to mouth.
Here in Indonesia, some people who are too lazy to work or at least want to get money as much and as fast as possible, they tend to go to the other side. I will tell you about Tuyul and Babi Ngepet.
Tuyul is a spirit that can steal money and give it to his owner. Tuyul is small like a baby, wear white underpants and has bald head. Some said that he is very small but others said he is as big as small boy. I am going to lean more to him being so small.
From the stories I have heard, a person who wants to own a Tuyul should go to a shaman who raises Tuyul. The person buys the Tuyul from the shaman and brings him home. Tuyul is carried on his/her hand or on his/her shoulder. They said that if a person is cupping his/her hands on his/her back as if something is sitting on his/her hands…then that person might carry a Tuyul.
The owner will ask his/her Tuyul to steal money from someone’s house. Being a creature from another world makes it easy for him to walk pass through the walls and takes the money and brings it back to his master. The victim will never realize such robbery takes place till the next morning when he checks his money. The owner can ask Tuyul to take as much money as he wants. Usually the owner will wait near the victim’s house.
However, Tuyul doesn’t work for free. He has to be breastfeed by either the owner’s wife (if the owner is a man) or the owner herself (if the owner is a woman). Tuyul doesn’t suck in the milk, he sucks in the blood of the woman.
Babi Ngepet is another supernatural way to steal money from other people. Just like getting a Tuyul, to be a babi ngepet a person must come to a shaman. The person is mostly man. After making agreement with another world, the man can turn into a pig (babi means pig)…not that pinkish pig but black hairy pig. The man turns into a pig in the middle of the night and scrubs his body on the outer wall of his victim’s house. The money from that house soon disappears and transfers to his house.
Being a babi ngepet is far riskier than owning a Tuyul because people might get suspicious of a pig on the loose. When people find out that there is a babi ngepet on action, they will try to catch it. The man usually works together with his wife. The wife will wait while looking at a candle. If the candle stars dancing violently, it means that her husband is in danger (such as being cashed by people). The wife has to blow the candle. When the fire is extinguished, the man will turns back from pig back to a man in his house. That is the only way to safe her husband from being caught by people. However, if somehow the wife falls asleep and doesn’t blow the candle, the man will sure be caught and if the people who chase him kill him, he will turn back to human.
2 interesting stories, aren’t they?
Do you believe it? Although it is a common myth in Indonesia and many, mostly villagers, believe in such stories…I myself finds it difficult to believe. When someone told me that his money suddenly disappears and there might me Tuyul near his house, I often said “really?”
I do believe in ghost but I never believe in ghost that can bring fortune for certain people.