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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The Smile Of Langsuir
is a female vampire exists in Malay folklore; I think it is somewhat resembling
the Banshee in Irish mythology. Langsuir is believed to have the habit of
sitting on a tall tree branch in the dark of the night, and in particular,
during a full moon night staring at the moon. When a passerby noticed a langsuir
sitting on the tree staring at the moon, he or she should walk silently so as
not to disturb langsuir. Normally, langsuir will leave the person alone and
continue to look into the moon. I supposed it wants to absorb moon energy same
as with all other mythical creatures such as foxes.
so, there are times that a langsuir may pay particular attention to a person
and decided to lower its head, smile at him or her and if you are the lucky one; then please do so and return the ‘smile’ ... Hahaha.. It is
believed that if the langsuir decided to ‘like’ that person; then this person
may be having 10 years of bad luck!
It is not
usual for city folks like you and me to pass under a tall tree in the middle of the
night, but certain people such as a forest ranger, a villager living near a
forest or a plantation owner will have more chances of coming across this creature.
Below is a story concerning the ‘smile’ of a langsuir:
Story from a hospital attendant
Ahmed is a retired
hospital attendant in Hospital in Kuala Kangsar, the royal town of Perak. His
story happened about 30 years ago and back then, the hospital was surrounded by
some fairly tall trees; especially towards the morgue.
one of Ahmed’s many night duties. As usual he went his round at 9pm checking if
all the patients were rested in their respective beds. It is one of his many
responsibilities to make sure that no patient sneaked out in the dark of the
night for no reasons.
getting out from Ward A, Ahmed routinely walked towards the morgue and went
pass by a tualang tree to meet his chat pal, Ali. It was a full moon night; the
moon was just right on top of the tree top. The silhouette of main tree
branches can be clearly seen under the moon light.
to Ahmed, he wasn’t interested in the tualang tree; but when he lifted his head
to look at the moon, he saw the shadow of a lady in white with long hair
sitting on the tree branch staring at the moon. He thought the lady was one of
the hospital patients; so he gave out a cautionary shout: “Hey! What are you
doing up there?”
The lady in
white ignored Ahmed’s charge and continued to look at the moon. It was not
until Ahmed has walked right under the figure that she lowered her head and
smiled at Ahmed. Ahmed’s face immediately turned pale and shouted: “God is the almighty!!” and then passed
heard the commotion and quickly ran towards Ahmed’s rescue. When Ahmed was
revived later in the hospital, he recalled that the creature’s smile was cold
and penetrating straight into his heart. It wasn’t like a smile face at all; the
smile was more akin towards the most sinister crying face he has ever seen.
able to patch up the story: Apparently a lady shaman has died a few hours ago
waiting to be collected by the deceased’s next of kin. Although the shaman was
pronounced dead, groaning and moaning still came out from the decease’s mouth
continuously. It is believed that the langsuir was the shaman’s familiar spirit
and waiting to be fed by its master.
A few days
later, Ahmed involved in an automobile accident and was bed ridden for 6 months
or so. And even after 30 years that his legs weren’t able to walk properly.
What can I
say, but be careful of ‘the smile of a langsuir”. Perhaps it will perch on one
of the tall electric light pole outside of your house ‘smiling’ at you when you
lift up your face. Just joking…
know more about langsuir? Check out the below link: