Hantu Demon

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A Hantu demon is a legendary evil spirit or demon in Indonesian language.[1] It can also refer to invisible and scary being.[2] In Malaysian folklore, the hantu is considered as an angry ancestral spirit. Hantu also means "demon", "ghost" or "spirit".[3]

List of hantus[edit]

There are many types of hantus found on the Malay peninsula, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

  • Hantu Air: spirit of the water
  • Hantu B'rok: baboon demon[4]
  • Hantu Belian: tiger spirit[4]
  • Hantu Langsuir: a demon that is formed from a woman that died in childbirth. It drinks the bodily fluids and entrails of newborns, pregnant women and nursing mothers.[5]
  • Hantu Musang: a civet cat spirit that is invoked in a game of possession[6]
  • Hantu Pusaka: grave demon[7]
  • Hantu Raya: great demon.[4] This hantu is considered the strongest among evil spirits of the jungles of Malaysia.[8]
  • Hantu Rimba: deep-forest demon[4]
  • Hantu Tinggi: tall demon, a demon that possesses a tree

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Linguistik Indonesia (in Indonesian). Yayasan Obor Indonesia. p. 45. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Knappert, Jan. Pacific Mythology: An Encyclopedia of Myth and Legend. Aquarian Press. p. 61. ISBN 9781855381339. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Bane, Theresa (2012). Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures. McFarland. p. 162. ISBN 9780786488940. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Skeat, Walter William (1965). Malay Magic: An Introduction To The Folklore And Popular Religion Of The Malay Peninsular. Psychology Press. p. 104. ISBN 9780714620268. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Guiley, Rosemary; Macabre, J. B. The complete vampire companion. Macmillan. p. 24. ISBN 9780671850241. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Brewster, Paul G. (1 January 1958). "The Malayan Hantu Musang and Other Possession Games of Indonesia and Indochina". Oriens. 11 (1/2): 162–176. doi:10.2307/1578932. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Daniels, Kimberly (2013). The Demon Dictionary. Charisma Media. p. 151. ISBN 9781621363002. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  8. ^ TAJUDIN, HAJI ZAIN; LYMAN, THOMAS A. "THE HANTU RAYA: A MALAY DEMON" (PDF). The Siamese Heritage Protection Program. Retrieved 9 February 2017.