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Weekly 5: Ghouls Jakartans have grown up with

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, August 31 2012   /  09:27 am

Like the humans they scare, ghosts — or more accurately, ghost stories — evolve. Some last for centuries and others keep changing as generations go by. However, every once in a while, when the clouds shroud the moon and the air is heavy, new fiends pop up ... right behind you.

Below are a few contemporary ghosts that have popped up in the capital and spooked residents.

The veiled visitor

In the early 1990s, Jakartans whispered stories of a wandering shrouded ghost (pocong) who would bring death to those it encountered. The shrouded ghost of a young girl, the story went, was a victim of her father’s dabbling in black magic.

Her father was a thief who used a cloak made from stolen corpses’ shrouds. The cloak was said to give him invisibility.

One day, the girl mistook the cloth and wore it as veil, turning her into a shrouded ghost. She then wand...