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  • The Hantu: Another group of Supernaturals

    I learned a new word today, Hantu. Hantu seems to be a Maylay word covering ghosts, vampires, and fairy-like spirits. Later today I'll post links to any Hantu lore I find on the nets. Maybe we can make up exotic new changelings!

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    Well here's a link to the Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hantu_...ural_creature). It seems that the term Anito comes closer to our western take on the Fairies, here's a link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anito . I'll try to do some web surfing to see if any gameable info on these creatures is available. At this point it looks like the Hantu are the Malay equivalent to the Thallain and the Anito are Malay Changlings and/or Fay.

    Does anyone have better data?
    Last edited by Astromancer; 12-06-2019, 04:17 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Astromancer View Post
      Well here's a link to the Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hantu_...ural_creature). It seems that the term Anito comes closer to our western take on the Fairies, here's a link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anito . I'll try to do some web surfing to see if any gameable info on these creatures is available. At this point it looks like the Hantu are the Malay equivalent to the Thallain and the Anito are Malay Changlings and/or Fay.

      Does anyone have better data?

      Just be aware that Hantu ( Inonesian and Malaysian word) is a very, very broad term that covers everything from ghosts to demons to ' evil spirits' to 'faeries' and is even stretched to include Naga and cryptids on occasion.

      Heres some fun Hantu from Borneo: https://translate.google.com/transla...76&prev=search

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      • #4
        Probably the closest you get to 'faeries' are beings like Orang Bunian, but others such as Orang Pendek, Orang Bati ( depending on the description given), Ebu Gogo or even Genderuwa could work as fae beings.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Damian May View Post
          Probably the closest you get to 'faeries' are beings like Orang Bunian, but others such as Orang Pendek, Orang Bati ( depending on the description given), Ebu Gogo or even Genderuwa could work as fae beings.
          Agreed. But it is nice to have options.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Damian May View Post
            Probably the closest you get to 'faeries' are beings like Orang Bunian, but others such as Orang Pendek, Orang Bati ( depending on the description given), Ebu Gogo or even Genderuwa could work as fae beings.
            It would be neat if such fae were connected to the Homo floresiensis hominids. Perhaps the dreaming memory of those ancient folk and their contact with ancient humans.

            Overall, I would treat such fae as being more like the Nunnehi or Menehune, being nature oriented types of fae.
            Last edited by MythAdvocate; 12-15-2019, 01:31 PM.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by MythAdvocate View Post

              It would be neat if such fae were connected to the Homo floresiensis hominids. Perhaps the dreaming memory of those ancient folk and their contact with ancient humans.

              Overall, I would treat such fae as being more like the Nunnehi or Menehune, being nature oriented types of fae.
              True, though Orang Bunian stories could drop almost seamlessly into a book of western Fairy Tales, they're basically 'elves.

              The others are definitely a touch more primal.

              I set most of my campaigns in SE Asia and Oceania so have a bunch more links if you want them.

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              • #8
                Ebu Gogo are pretty much straight up folk memories of Homo floresiensis remains and artifacts....the others, not so much.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Damian May View Post

                  True, though Orang Bunian stories could drop almost seamlessly into a book of western Fairy Tales, they're basically 'elves.

                  The others are definitely a touch more primal.

                  I set most of my campaigns in SE Asia and Oceania so have a bunch more links if you want them.
                  Yes please. I would love to read your work.


                  “Humpty had always sat on walls, it was his way.”
                  Jasper Fforde, The Big Over Easy

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MythAdvocate View Post

                    Yes please. I would love to read your work.

                    Well...thats mostly just written in notepads but I can post some links that I stole info from and used for research:

                    https://www.behance.net/gallery/9816...DONESIAN-GHOST

                    http://www.siamese-heritage.org/jssp...MalayDemon.pdf

                    https://www.sacred-texts.com/sha/sss/sss04.htm

                    I'll keep hunting.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Damian May View Post


                      Well...thats mostly just written in notepads but I can post some links that I stole info from and used for research:

                      https://www.behance.net/gallery/9816...DONESIAN-GHOST

                      http://www.siamese-heritage.org/jssp...MalayDemon.pdf

                      https://www.sacred-texts.com/sha/sss/sss04.htm

                      I'll keep hunting.
                      I'm just glad people who know about the areas myths are contributing to this thread. Maybe we'll get some Changelings for the area.

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                      • #12
                        https://books.google.com.au/books?id...=hantu&f=false

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