05 Jan '12, 6am

Hantu Penanggalan | Susan Tam - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Hantu Penanggalan | Susan Tam - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Hantu Penanggalan A flying head with long hair and dangling stomach sac and intestines. This is the image of the most horrifying type of vampire known in Malay and Indonesian folklore - the Hantu Penanggalan, a vampire that thirsts for the blood of a newborn baby. The demon — described as a ghostly head dismantled from its body gets its name from the root word "tanggal ", which means to disengage. There are different versions of how her head was separated from her body, but all versions share the same story about her origin - the Hantu Penanggalan was a result of a beautiful woman dying at childbirth. Two versions of how the separation process or "penanggalan " happens. The first involves the death of a beautiful woman after becoming disengaged or "tanggal" from her baby during childbirth. Mediums and black magic practitioners would dig up bodies of these women to create t...

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