养小鬼, also known as a “dead infant in a jar”, is a well-known mythical myth in Singapore and Malaysia. Known as Kwee Kia to most Singaporeans and Malaysians, it is composed of a fetus inside a jar that is known to help the owner.
While this myth is no longer that popular in our countries, there have been several legends about it that still send chills down our spine, with one that is mostly told by our grandparents. To give context to this legend that slowly disappearing in our culture, here’s how it works:
a medium would take a miscarried fetus, chop off the head (eek!), dry the entire body and reassemble it to look like a normal baby. After that, the Kwee Kia will be “alive” and help the owner, be it to win the latest 4D or to find other Kwee Kia to help the owner.
Legend has it that once, long ago, there was a guy who was desperate in life. After hearing from his friends about Kwee Kia, he paid a considerable amount for a Kwee Kia, and in the first few days, his life took a better turn.
He managed to win the lottery and also find the girl of his dreams. Life became relatively better, and during this journey to success, he had carefully taken care of the Kwee Kia: talking to it, feeding it and occasionally chanting to it.
After succeeding in life, he wanted to abandon the Kwee Kia because he felt that the achievements could be due to his belief and own luck, and not the Kwee Kia. One fateful day, he took the jar, tossed it into the rubbish bin and just forgot about it altogether.
But that was when shit hit the fan. The next morning, when he woke up, he could see everything but could not control his body at all. He saw himself walking to the rubbish bin, took the Kwee Kia out and then did the unbelievable: he took out the Kwee Kia and placed it on a table. The Kwee Kia stood up straight as if it was alive.
Then he went to down all the food in the fridge: be it uncooked fish, uncooked chicken and even a whole bottle of alcohol. He was able to feel the taste of everything, but could not control himself.
Next, he found himself making his way to his girlfriend’s house. When his girlfriend opened the door, he grabbed her throat and squeezed it. People around them tried to stop him, with one even smashing a vase on his head, but he continued despite feeling the pain.
Once his girlfriend died, he regained control of himself, but it was all too late. When he told the police what happened, they went back to his flat and saw absolutely no traces of any Kwee Kia.
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