A Bloodthirsty… Doll?
Weâve come across a lot of totally crazy and ridiculous vampire myths and stories on this site, but this has to be one of the weirdest, or at least creepiest. I bring you the jenglot, a tiny living doll in Indonesian and Malaysian folklore.
A jenglot is described as a living mummy or doll thatâs about 15cm to 20cm in length, with freaky eyes, sharp fangs and long nails. The bodyâs flesh looks like it has been fossilized. The face either looks like a skeleton or like a corpse, and the hair on its fugly head is believed to grow over time. The dollâs feet look like they are connected, making it look a bit like a disturbing mermaid.
The jenglot are usually found in Indonesia, mostly in Java. It most cases its one of the native psychic that finds them shortly after they have performed a supernatural ceremony. It is said you can find a jenglot anywhere, from underground, on the roof of a house, and even in the trunk of a massive tree.
People that have found themselves a jenglot usually bring the creature all over Indonesia to show it of in order to gain some money off of it. There are many jenglot exhibits, on the islands of Java and Sumatra, or held in private collections of supernatural researchers and fans. But most of these so-called jenglots were actually hoaxes, made from parts of monkey and fish.
Now we get to the vampiric part of this peculiar phenomena – jenglot owners have to feed their doll with blood, either animal blood or human blood. They say the jenglot does not drink the blood directly, but instead the person simply places it near the blood. Even though it never moves towards the blood the jenglot finds its own way to feed on it.
Other than its love for blood, this vampire doll also has a love for dark magic. Jenlots have powers of their own that they can use for themselves, or they can share them with their owner. However, if it is not fed and treated properly it will turn on its owner.
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).