A few months ago I wrote a post about the Malaysian vampire known as the polong. The polong is the magical bottle imp that was created to do wicked things to others. In my post I mentioned that the polong had itself its very own pet called a pelesit. It’s the pelesit that brings us here now – the little creature is getting its own special spotlight.
The pelesit is a mischievous vampire-like spirit from Malaysia that is usually described as a small house cricket, and as I said above, it was considered to be the polong’s pet or plaything. The owner of the pelesit will send it to attack someone; it will then invade the victim’s body with the help of the polong, causing illness and death. The victims of the polong and pelesit quickly go insane, ripping off clothing, attacking and biting friends and family and eventually dying.
The poor victims are said to rant about cats while they suffer, thus revealing the presence of the polong. If the polong and pelesit are caught they can be forced to reveal the name of the magician that owns them. They use the victim to confess what they know by speaking through the dying person’s mouth. The magician that controls them is often called the “mother” or “father” and is eventually coerced into taking the pelesit and polong back and away from the suffering victim.
Now while the pelesit and polong are usually together, you can have just the pelesit. It is said that women are the most skilled at catching a pelesit. Once she has caught one she then puts it in a bottle, feeds it saffron rice and blood drawn from the fourth finger. Burial will end the creature’s evil activities. There is also a charm one can create to keep the pelesit away and protect you from its horrible attacks.