The Pontianak (Demon Vampire) Mysteries

The Pontianak, Kuntilanak, Matianak or ‘Boentianak’ (as known in Indonesia, sometimes shortened to just kunti) is a type of vampire in Malay folklore and Indonesian mythology, similar to the Langsuir. Pontianak are women who died during childbirth and became undead, seeking revenge and terrorizing villages. The name ‘pontianak’ is reportedly a corruption of the Indonesian or Malay ‘perempuan mati beranak’, or ‘she who has died in childbirth’

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The Popobawa Demon – A Zanzibari Incubus

Fear has struck residents of the Zanzibar Islands after rumours of the re-emergence of a sexually voracious ghost that attacks people while they sleep in their beds at night. Many Zanzibaris are now refusing to sleep in their houses as they believe it only preys on people in the comfort of their own beds. The ghost or genie goes by the name of Popo Bawa and people believe that it sodomises its victims, most of whom are men.

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Possessed by Dead – Curious Case of Maria Talarico

In February 1936, the body of Giuseppe “Pepe” Veraldi was found under a bridge in Catanzaro, Italy. He had apparently jumped off the bridge, gashed his head open on the rocky riverbed thirty feet below, and drowned in shallow water. A police investigation pointed to suicide. His family disagreed, seeing no reason why Giuseppe might want to kill himself.

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