|Sub grouping||Vengeful ghost, nocturnal, undead|
|Similar creatures||Tai Thang Klom|
|Habitat||Haunted house, graveyard, area where death took place|
The legend of the Sundel Bolong mainly originated from the Javanese mythology. In Indonesian mythology, a Sundel Bolong is a mythical ghost from the archipelago which is a woman with beautiful long hair and a long white dress (her form is similar to Kuntilanak). The myth is closely linked to prostitutes, meaning a "prostitute with a hole in her", in reference to the large hole which is said to appear in her back.
The name "sundel bolong" derives from the physical appearance of the ghost. The word "sundel" which means "prostitute" or "whore" and "bolong" in Javanese which literally means "hole." Modern folklore studies believe that the myth was developed in Java culture to deter prostitution that developed during the Dutch East Indies colonization.
In folklore, Sundel Bolong is the soul of a woman who died when she was pregnant outside of marriage and therefore gave birth in her grave, or who died during childbirth and the baby came out from her back (this is the reason why the hole was created in her back) which is concealed from men by her long black hair.
Victims of Sundel Bolong spirit mainly consists of men and children. As a vengeful spirit and it is also said to be a sensitive spirit, if rejected by a man, she is said to castrate him. As for the children and mainly new born babies, she is said to take as her own for it is believed that she lost her child after birth.
- In Marvel Anime: Blade, the Sundel Bolongs are depicted as an Asian vampire sub-species.
- In the horror game "DreadOut " developed by Digital Happiness, Sundel Bolong is featured as one of the ghost.
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- Keres (Κῆρες), spirits of violent or cruel death in Greek mythology
- Tai Thong Klom
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