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The Bajang

The Bajang is a lesser spirit from Malaysian mythology which generally takes the form of a fox or polecat (musang)


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Description

The bajang's true form is that of a stunted, stocky human with a blunt nose, wispy hair, and pale brown skin. It has beady orange eyes and a wide, lipless mouth, which is permanently creased in an evil sneer. Its hands are bony claws, and its feet resemble the talons of a vulture.

The bajang can alter self at will into the form of a small wildcat. The creature is most often encountered in this form and disturbs the household by mewing like a great cat. As a wildcat, it has light brown fur and retains its distinctive orange.


Place

The bajang prefers to live in a dense jungle, where its tree is more difficult for enemies to locate. Any tree is suitable for a bajang lair, but the creature usually selects one within a mile of a small village. Destroying the tree where it dwells will make it disappear or die.


Behavior

The bajang is said to eat fetuses and drinks the milk of lactating women. The striations of pregnancy are said to be the scars left by the attack of the bajang. Sharp metal objects such as scissors placed near the baby will help to protect it from the bajang.


Powers/Weaknesses

Bajang can be captured and guarded in a bamboo tube. A specific type of leaves will be used as a cork of the tube and locked with a talisman. Bajang will be fed with eggs an milks. Bajang can be used as familiars and reared in intention to harm an enemy, causing disease, madness or death. This kind of activity is also called Saka.and once dressed can be directed against one's enemies. However, if its owner does not treat him well and does not give him enough food, the hungry bajang will attack him.


See also

A variant is Hantu Kopek (Nipple ghost), who appears as an old woman with pendulous breasts.