Mythical Creatures in Writing, Part IX.
The ability to completely replace someone’s soul when possessing them is scary, and this is exactly what the Hantu Demon does. It comes in many sizes and colors, so take your pick. My choice is Hantu Kopek, a female nightmare demon. My new, short horror story will deal with this prickly demoness.
What is it?
A legendary evil spirit or demon in Philippine mythology, notorious for possessing people with the intention to drive them insane. There are many different types of hantu demons, including:
- Hantu Ribut: storm demon
- Hantu Rimba: deep-forest demon
- Hantu Kubor: grave demon
- Hantu Penyardin: Malaysian vampire
- Hantu Kopek: Female nightmare demon
Ability / Power
This creature also has the power to possess people or animals and kill their souls hence replacing them in the corporeal form.
A spirit that does not really have a specific look, but rather takes the look of those it possesses.
Appearances in Fiction
- Majority of fiction specifically dealing with a Hantu Demon has appeared in many Asian movies. Such as Hantu, an Indonesian film about Gali (Oka Antara) who decides to go camping in an uncharted forest to find a lake called Setra Wingit. He brings along his girlfriend, Rinjani, and his three other friends: Ray ,Sofie and Indra. Trouble ensues when Gali cannot find the lake, and a weird encounter with an old man leads to Rinjani’s disappearance. Can she be found? What mysterious secret does the forest actually possess?
Did you know? Hantu is in fact a Malay word for ghost.
Previous Mythical Creature Posts:
Marchosias: A Kick-Ass Creature, Ningyo: The Deadly Mermaid, Abatwa: Riding Ants To Victory, Cait Sith: It Gets Into Your Mind, Anka: The Goliath Bird, Huldra: Norse Forest Lady, iele: Romanian Nymphs Of The Air, Manticore: The Man-Eater.