A pocong is a Malaysian/ Indonesian ghost that is said to be the soul of a dead person trapped in their suit. The pocong suit (shroud) is used by Muslims to cover the body of the dead person. They cover the dead body with white fabric called mori and tie the clothing over the head, under the feet, and on the neck. According to the native beliefs, the soul of a dead person will stay on the earth for 40 days after the death. When the ties aren't released after 40 days, the body is said to jump out from the grave to warn people that the soul need the bonds to be released. After the ties are released, the soul will leave the earth and never show up anymore. Because of the tie under the feet, the ghost can't walk. This causes the pocong to hop. [Wikipedia]
Myth and Culture
Pocong Ghost Papercraft
The Pontianak, Kuntilanak, Matianak or "Boentianak" (as known in Indonesia, sometimes shortened to just kunti) is a type of vampire in Malay folklore, similar to the Langsuir. Pontianak are women who died during childbirth and became undead, seeking revenge and terrorizing villages. In folklore, Pontianak usually announces its presence through baby cries or turn themselves into beautiful lady and frighten or kill the unlucky who enter or pass through their vicinity. It usually disguise itself as a beautiful young lady to attract its victim (usually male). Its presence sometimes can be detected by a nice floral fragrance of the ‘kemboja’ (a type of flower) followed by an awful stench afterwards. The distance of a pontianaks cries are very tricky. The Malays believe that if the cry is soft means that the pontianak is near and if it is loud then it must be far. [Wikipedia]
Reog Ponorogo Papercraft
Reog Ponorogo is a folk dance with 25-40 dancers staged full moon nightly in paseban, Ponorogo Town Square. Tells about the palace of queen Kediri kingdom. On the way from Bantarangin kingdom to Kediri, Singbarong as leader conquered tigers and peacocks. The prima dancer wearing mask from peacock leather with the tiger head and it weight is between 40 to 50 kg and is manly supported by mouthstrap clenched in the dancers teeth. The most important thing to notice, that the dance was from Ponorogo, East Java - INDONESIA.
In Wayang, the ksatria of Pandawa, especially Arjuna was always accompanied by their loyal servants clown, by the name of Punokawan. Semar and his sons Gareng, Dawala and Cepot are the servants of kings and ksatrias with good behavior fighting for the truth. Togog and Bilung, on the contrary are serving bad rulers and knights. Although they are only servants with ugly faces and disproportional bodies, but they are very wise and good advisers.
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