This bloodsucker post is a little different from some of the others. We’re going back into the world of history and folklore, a land of devious and wicked dark magics. Today’s creature is that of the Malaysian polong, the polong is a vampiric bottle imp or an evil spirit used to do horrible things to others.
The polong is created by placing the blood of a murdered man into a bottle with a long narrow neck, saying prayers over it and reciting some arcane enchantment. Seven days to two weeks later the sound of chirping birds can be heard from the bottle. Once this happens the creator cuts his finger and sticks it inside the bottle for the newly born polong to drink from. Everyday this will be done, the polong drinking the creator’s blood, what this does is creates a tighter bond between the creator and the polong. When matured, the polong will attack on command and do whatever the creator bids it. If he wants it to attack someone that wronged him he can, or if he wants to rent it out for money to those in need of an assassin then he can do that as well.
If that isn’t bad enough the polong has a kind of pet or plaything called the pelesit, a spirit that enters a victim’s body and clears the way. These victims quickly go totally insane, ripping off clothing, attacking and biting friends and becoming overall very sick. At this point medicine men are called in to try and discover the name of the polong’s creator from the polong. Now, spirits vary in individual powers but a magician may be able to get them to lie or blame someone that is innocent, therefore keeping the real creator safe.
You know someone has been murdered by a polong when a lot of blood comes from the victim’s mouth and the inside of the mouth is greatly bruised. I bet you are wondering what this polong looks like; to the human eye the polong looks like a tiny woman, no bigger than the top joint of the little finger. Other than bottling this tiny being to keep it from the victim there are few remedies. Removable can be attempted, usually through charms – some charms destroy the polong while others neutralize it.
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).