Pocong: 6 scary things you probably didn’t know about this Malaysian ghost

Southeast Asia is filled with folklores but the pocong is one of the scariest one out there.

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Here are 6 scary things that’ll make you run when you encounter one. Okay, five, because the last one will make you run towards the Pocong instead.

The Origins of Pocong

It’s considered a ghost of Indonesian origin, although it’s also known as Hantu Bungkus (The Wrapped Ghost) in Malaysia.


The Pocong is commonly described as having a pale green, shrivelled and decaying face, with two deep empty holes where its eyes should be.


Pocong is a word in the Indonesian dictionary, and what it refers to is essentially a cloth shroud that’s utilized to wrap a corpse before its timely burial.

In Muslim burials, the body would be tied in three places – over the head, around the neck and under the feet – after being enshrouded.

40 days

Legend dictates that a deceased person’s soul would linger on Earth for 40 days after their death. After these 40 days, the ties are supposed to be set free so that the soul could flee.

If the ties aren’t released, the corpse would take the form of the ghost we know as ‘Pocong’.


Because the ties haven’t been untied from under the feet, the Pocong can’t actually move in the standard fashion. Instead, it hops along roads, barreling onward until it encounters some unlucky soul. It’s also capable of rolling on the ground.

Before you laugh at the ludicrous way in which it moves, consider that a single leap by a Pocong could stretch up to 50 whole meters. 50.

Hugs, anyone?

This is gonna sound insane, but folklore has suggested that you could become wealthy if you hug a Pocong.

Supposedly it’s an extreme act of courage, and thereafter untying the knots (effectively releasing the soul) would cause the spirit to be grateful, and bless you with wealth.


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