Name: Penanggalan, Hantu Penanggal Area of Origin: Malaysia
The Penanggalan are ghostly variations of the Vampire myth found in Southeast Asian folk mythology, and are similar to the Manananggal of Filipino folklore. The words Manananggal and Penanggal may both mean ‘detach’ or 'remove’ due to both languages having a common root in the Austronesian language family. A Penanggal is a detached female head that is capable of flight, with its entrails and organs dangling below. Though often classified as an undead creature, it can re-attach itself to its body and live as a human being. In folklore, a Penanggal may either be a beautiful old or young woman that has obtained her beauty through use of black magic or through other supernatural means. They are usually midwives that have made pacts with the devil; a stipulation in the pact is to not eat meat for 40 days. Breaking this stipulation will afflict a curse upon the midwife, turning her into a bloodsucking vampire or demon. After the detached head returns from its hunts, it will immerse its organs in a vat of vinegar in order to shrink them for easy insertion back into the body. The Penanggalan traditionally prey upon pregnant women and young children, and perch on the roofs of houses where women are in labor, screeching when the child is born. It is said that the use of the thorny leaves of the Mengkuang plant will help protect houses that are susceptible to a Penanggalan attack, as the creature’s exposed organs could get damaged by their sharp exterior. However, the demoness could still come up through a house’s floorboards if the area is unguarded.
MALAYSIA, Kuala Lumpur : An ethnic Malaysian-Chinese woman
shops for decorations at a shop in Kuala Lumpur’s popular Chinatown on
February 5, 2016 ahead of the Lunar New Year celebrations. The Lunar
New Year will mark the start of the year of the monkey on February 8.
AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA
I have just watched and heard about the Malaysian woman who beats her 8 month old.
I recently found out I may not be able to have children even though I’m 18 I still want to have a huge family. I also have so much passion and drive to be a midwife in the next few years. So this video made me cry and even be sick, that poor baby is one of the most innocent things the world has. It turned my stomach too think that little one is subjected to that abuse and its considered as normal and it was fudging filmed! I can not believe it at all. The world really will always find a new way to shock me! I would like to see the video taken off of youtube and other sources, but i’m glad its made people aware of all the abuse that goes on to such innocent babies. We need to speak out more and act not just watch and write blogs or response videos! The poor child i can’t begin to think of the damage done!
It makes me sick to think of all the woman and men that would kill to look after there 8 month olds or to even have a 8 month old. It really really turns my stomach and makes me sick.