Monday, March 26, 2012
Orang Bunian: People That Whisper
Orang Bunian is said to be grouped under jinn. Their appearance is just like the “elf” in the West. They are also known as “Hantu Bunyi-bunyian” because only their voices can be heard by ordinary people, but not to be seen with naked eyes.
It is said that if you hear the noise of people having parties, shouting, singing, laughing or chatting in the jungle, or near a river; and when you approach the source of the noise, you would not be able to see a single shadow.
OB is also said to be responsible to make a traveler lost in jungle tracking, or they will abduct the living person they like and make human their wives or husbands. OB is believed to possess supernatural power, like to befriend and help human beings. The priority is of course, given to the shaman or “bomoh”. Many shamans make use of OBs’ service in traditional healings.
The old Malays used to borrow utensils for cooking from OBs in big festivals. Everything borrowed, must be returned and arranged in proper order; otherwise OBs will be unpleased. That would be the last thing people want to do, of course.
The OB is said to live in a large community, such as that of our human world. The OBs also led by Sultans, prince and princess. In fact, the OBs are said to be of much beautiful and handsome if we are to compare them to our human counterparts. There are other opinions that the OBs are the offspring of human and jinn. Other theories however mentioned that OBs are originated from pious person but cursed by God because they have defied God’s teaching.
Strange phenomenon that pregnant lady loses her baby during pregnancy also contributed to the work of OBs. The mother will have a dream that she is visited by some old folks to ask for the mother’s permission to fetch the baby. Upon awaken from the dream; the mother would discover that her stomach has already flattened. This can be double confirmed by a doctor’s examination.
This type of news can still be heard now and then in Malaysia. Do you have your side of the story?