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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Polong Or Pelesit Alike
The Malay believes
that polong is a predominantly a male spirit and kept by a man; while a pelesit
is a female spirit and kept by a woman. Whatever you would like to call it; its
height is less than one inch. Whoever is keeping a polong will have a very thin
physique, haggered and pale. Polong attacks its victim with its sharp fangs and
it leaves two small holes on its victim’s body.
pelesit is said to be able to know enemies’ secrets and inform its master. It
also can perform heavy duties such as building a house and assist its owner
when in need. A polong is believed to possess the power to take the form of its
master. The master of a polong is called “bapa” (“ibu” for pelesit) or “father”
(“mother”). The local believe that polong will do anything for its master, but
as a reward; this polong must be fed with the owner’s blood. If this owner
refuses his polong blood, then this polong will become wild and will endanger
its owner’s life.
to common belief a polong is originated from the blood of a murdered victim. This
blood is collected and kept in a bottle. A conjuration ritual is carried out
for one week or so. Then polong will produce sound as if that of a newly
hatched chick signifies that this polong is “ready” to serve its master. It is
suffice just to feed the polong with a drop of its owner’s blood at this stage.
other hand, there is another opinion that says in order to own a polong, a
person need to draw a drop of blood from his little finger into a small bottle.
Then this bottle is wrapped with a piece of yellow cloth. The bottle is then hanged
on the person’s bed, directly above his head. After that, a conjuration ritual
is carried out while smudging the bottle for 40 days. Foam will be visible
accompanied by sounds of newly hatched chick can be heard coming out from the inside
of the bottle after 40 days. Not long after that, polong will manifest itself
and ready to receive its first order.
I was told
that when the voice of polong is clearly heard, then it is still quite far
away. If the voice is faint, then the polong is near.
suspect that a polong is around you, and then seek if there is a grasshopper
around. You must catch the grasshopper and plug its head. After that you must
cut the body of the grasshopper into two. Observe if there is blood or rice in
the body. The blood or rice will be the telltale sign that the creature is a
polong (likewise with a Peleset).
One of the
methods to find out the identity of polong’s owner is to press a piece pepper
seed onto the right thumb of the said victim while reciting Kaf 40. It is said
that by doing so, the polong will shout out the name of its owner. Having said
that, it is in fact many times this type of technique is used to accuse an
innocent person of due to hatred, jealous or personal revenge.