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Ghost Kuyang In The Tree


My ghost experiences was happening at Central Borneo, Indonesia. I was native in Borneo as we are called Dayak people. This experience happen when my age was 15 years old, when we move to our new house in Kuala Kurun Central Borneo.

I have older brother he is already 17 years old. When we move out to our new house day is already near dark and we just half finish in unload our belonging from truck to our new house and because our parent still busy unload our belonging to our new house, we became bored. Without our parent permission we go to river near a forest nearby searching for any frog to use as toy and to eat.

When we have fun collecting frog suddenly my older brother freeze. His eye look deep into the forest, and suddenly my older brother said to us to be silence because he heard some sound from forest. The sound heard like a whistle, but it too deep, too serene, and no one can do whistle as long as we heard, it's too long. Suddenly I feel chill in my body, and not long after that some light emanating from forest. It was a woman head flying with intestines without lower body, what we Dayak people called hantu kuyang.

Me and my brother tremble with fear looking at kuyang, glowing with blood dripping from its intestines, seem fly toward us. And my brother, alarmed with that sight pull my hand, "run" he said, and me not need to tell again run with my entire might toward our house. We run without looking back, because we know if kuyang catch us who knows what happen to us.

Lucky our parent still outside the house unloading the stuff to new house. And our father, watching run like crazy and after he see ghostly light after us, as fast as he can, father grab his fish spear while my mother run inside the house to take mandau blade and 2 other people who help my parent unload stuff go taking stone and knife, and starting to throw rock to the light and immediately ask us to hide behind them.

Me and my brother watch in shiver as kuyang hover high above our house, watching at us with its intestines dripping in blood flying high around us. Our parent and other with all their might throw rock to the abomination as my father chant some prayer in old Dayak language as it hover high above us. Around half hour at last the ghost seem to disappear, and after my father sure the ghost really is gone we go inside house and lock any window and door.

We sure never walk to that place again, it still scare me and my brother to this day.

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NotASceptic (2 posts)
5 years ago (2017-04-30)
This kuyang is somehow similar to what we have in Malaysia, Thailand and I heard in Phillippine too. The existence of this particular thing happened hundred of years ago. The main reason is to have eternal youth, power and money which only practiced by women only. They will drink the blood of pregnant ladies and faetus. It is not a made up stories. Well back in those days, blackmagic or befriending the djinns or devils were quite common in our countries as our ancestors had their own reasons like to protect family wealth, to be dtrong etc. And mind you, they had to pass this on to their children, but if the children resist, it now a different story which I will tell later of my experience... 😢
Carecrow (5 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-13)
If your family are anything like mine after half an hour someone would've snapped pictures.
Shrush (3 stories) (46 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-05)
Its super super freaking 😨 😨 😨...

I searched 'Kuyang' on Google but wasn't convinced fully On Indonesian Wiki page. I also saw some videos but they were all fake.
Can someone please tell me more about this or some link
dreamer01 (1 stories) (117 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-05)
I totally agree with your take on this.
Many years ago I told my nieces and nephew not to venture to a very narrow section under the house because a little man lived there and he did not want people in his space. They became intrigued by this and asked many questions. I initially told them that story so they would not go there and hurt themselves. For days afterward I heard them discussing it and telling each other not to go there, so, it worked and served a purpose. 😆 😆 😆
Pintit (1 stories) (2 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-04)
all, let me tell you all about kuyang origin. In our belief kuyang is human being that can become ghost with appeareance flying head with intestines flying without its lower body. Kuyang is usually woman, because they need human blood to keep her youth. Hessian, we know about hantu kuyang because when we still searching frog it emanating some glow first, it gave whistle like sound, and it flying toward me and my brother, it was scary us until this day. Maybe if you ask some of european people who already go to borneo especially to central borneo maybe they can tell you about if kuyang true exist or not. Many european evangelist that come to our city is know too about this ghost. 😨
And lexy, we usually burn the frog half cooked before eat it. Sorry if my english little bad 😳
lexi-loo (1 stories) (175 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-04)
you were looking for a frog to eat 😲 I hope you washed and cooked it first
Hessian1776 (7 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-04)
[at] Dreamer01 - EXACTLY! Most folklore/urban legends (if you will) if not all were DESIGNED to keep people in check, especially the young from doing something out of the norm or unsafe. It makes total sense for a tribal culture of headhunters to keep their children/youth out of the forest where opposing tribes might be waiting for them to kidnap them or worse. Let us conjure up a tall-tale of demonic floating heads (something a headhunting tribal culture can relate to) to scare them into not venturing far from the village right? All cultures have this, even down to a more current version of the Hook-Handed Highway Slayer of the United States to keep young men and especially women off the road at late night hours. Its all the same, just adjusted to be culturally relevant. However, every legend has a grain of truth to its creation, so by delving into some back-history of the region's people and basic information about the wildlife, we can piece together what might have been the basis of said folklore. Its not to say that these supernatural creatures don't exist, but more than likely they are mentally charged manifestations of cultural upbringing. Also note, if you are scared of something and running from it, you're not going to stop and take detail of what exactly is chasing you. Your brain fills in the details based on what you know from your teachings and you make like an Olympic runner out of the situation!
sheetal (6 stories) (771 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-04)
This is an super duper scary story 😨 😨 😨 I googled it and saw how it was looking like so horrible... If I was at your place I would have been die. May I know How this Kuyang came into existence... There are many folklore about ghost in every country... But this one is new for me
dreamer01 (1 stories) (117 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-03)
I reserve the right to be suss on this one.
it is a great story though and told well.
I think many of the hand me down legends and folk
lore around the globe was not only designed to entertain and pass on an element of cultural norms but also keeping people away from certain areas for whatever reason.

Thank you for sharing your story,

Dreamer01 🤔
bloodshoteyez (3 stories) (31 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-03)
Hi Pintit,

I agree with some comments here that only the OP can tell if this is true or not but heck this is indeed a scary story:). Okay... What brought me commenting was... This entity but it is described and is given names by different races. There will always be a mystery about their origins. It is interesting to note countries who have close proximity share the same folklore. I am not trying to debunk anything here but this story sent shivers down my spine:)

Pintit (1 stories) (2 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-03)
[at] lady,caimie and wardo, yes I still live in outskirt of kuala kurun central borneo, my father was just a farmer and my mother is teacher in kuala kurun. Since that accident I never see the ghost again and will do anything to not see that ghost again, because since that accident me and my brother never go to that place anymore. In borneo kalimantan all is possible, many supernatural still linger here, and we dayak people honor it very much. Its up to you believe me or not, but kuyang is ghost that you will never dare to see lightly.
Hessian1776 (7 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-03)
Whether the experience is true or not, that only the writer knows - It's still a scary story and that's what ghost stories are for, to scare us!
Let's take a step back and see what else it could be, to play Devil's Advocate; by doing a bit of Google Searching and here is the information gathered;
1.) Based on mythology and folklore of Asian/Southeast Asian regions, this creature is quite popular. In Thailand it is called Krasue, in Japan it is called Nekukubi (less gory though), in Laos/Cambodia it is called Ahp, in Malaysia it is called Penanggalan, in the Philippines it is called Mananaggal, and in Indonesia itself it goes by another name, Leyak (perhaps this is a regional difference in naming). In all these countries and cultures, this vampire-ghost-creature is female.
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2.) Next, I think we can come to agreement that most females (specifically for this case) from Asia/Southeast Asia are, on average, very petite (small framed).
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3.) Looking up predatory birds of Asia, there are quite a few hawks/raptors that are native to Indonesia and surrounding areas, one in fact has a bright white tuft of feathers on its chest that can be confused for "light" or something bright approaching you if you are in a dark forested area.
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4.) Finally, just for fun-factoid (for people on this board who may not know), the Dayaks are the tribal people of Indonesia who, in the past were traditionally headhunters (before many were converted to Islam or Christianity) - so, the story of the Kuyang blends seamlessly with their tribal practices of generations ago.
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Now, taking in all that information and doing some deduction, it would not be a far stretch to think that perhaps, this was a predatory bird feasting on a real human head in the forest (which, if you think about it is more frightening than a ghost-head floating about...). To analyze the "intestines dripping with blood", if this was indeed a real young woman's head, it would be safe to say she had long hair. Hair lying in a pool of blood tends to get clumped and matted as the blood congeals. Thus, as its being carried through the air, it looks like intestines dripping with blood.
Basically, since these folklore/myths (each country and culture has them; the Irish have banshees and the Greeks have Sirens, different sides to the same coin) are ingrained into each individual of the region since childhood by their parents/elders, they believe they are real. Why shouldn't they, after all in a child's mind growing up, their parents/elders are truthful and all-knowing. Without any outside influence to these stories not being potentially false, the individual continues on the path that these monsters truly exist and within an isolated population, since everyone is under the same beliefs and understanding the narrative is perpetuated.
Perhaps their origin is less about supernatural and more about being scared of the unknown that happens naturally. Just a theory, some food for thought - I am not saying they do not exist, I am not completely closed off to the (potential) existence ghosts and goblins, there just isn't solid scientific proof of their existence to date. However, I think their existence is more in our own heads than the ones floating about in the forest.
lady-glow (13 stories) (2923 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-03)
That kuyang thing sounds terrifying! 😨

I guess it is one of those situations a person needs to see/experience in order to believe... But would rather remain doubtful about.

Pintit: do you still live in the same place and, if so, have you seen the kuyang again?

Thanks for sharing.
caimie (1 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-03)
I'm from Indonesia. I don't know if this story is true or not, but in Indonesia, almost every province have their own spiritual manifest in many different forms. But I know this entity called "Kuyang" is true. It is almost usual for the people in deep Borneo (Kalimantan) forests.

My brother in law was a student in forest major and he was sent to Borneo's deep forest camp.

Each time they hear dogs barking like crazy gets near and near, they will all get inside their tents and cabins and lock the door and windows until the barking goes off.

Just google it and you'll know, it is like a creature that infest a certain area.
Wardo (8 stories) (171 posts)
7 years ago (2015-09-03)
Wow that would certainly scare me for the rest of my life. Here's something I haven't tried yet, so I'll try it now.

Is this a true story?

I don't mean to offend, but it seems very made up. If I am wrong I apologize, maybe you did see something. Since you were 15 at the time, I simply can't call it overactive imagination.

Please explain more. Around and around we go.

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