Monstrum

S2 E17 | FULL EPISODE

Pontianak: The Vampiric Ghost of Southeast Asia

The pontianak, or kuntilanak, has long been a staple of Malay horror. In addition to serving as an allegory for the tension between traditional and modern cultural and spiritual practices, these monsters gave name to a real city. In this episode, you’ll learn how Islamic trade routes, animism, and the role of women in Southeast Asia contribute to stories of this notorious ghost.

AIRED: December 14, 2020 | 0:09:24
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