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The boar demon hunt that shook the internet

The "babi ngepet" is a mythical boar demon believed to steal from people's homes in the dead of night. (JP/Illustration by Hengky Wijaya)
Raka Ibrahim
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Jakarta   ●   Wed, May 5 2021

A scourge has fallen upon the sleepy subdistrict of Bedahan, Depok, West Java. For months, its residents had reported many incidents of burglary and theft — various personal possessions and up to Rp 2 million (US$138.48) in cash. To the residents, there was only one possible explanation: They had been victims of a babi ngepet (shapeshifting boar demon) and it was their duty to hunt it down.

Stories of their dramatic hunt have taken Indonesian internet by storm. In a widely shared video posted on the TikTok account of local resident Lukman Nurjamal’s, a crowd of hundreds can be seen descending upon Bedahan, eager to see the alleged babi ngepet. Other footage shows a nervous piglet trapped in a small rectangular cage, appearing weak and disoriented.

“People have been talking about this babi ngepet for the last four to five...

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