Sundel bolong

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Sundel bolong
Grouping Legendary creature
Sub grouping Vengeful ghost, nocturnal, undead
Similar creatures Tai Thang Klom
Mythology Indonesian
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Habitat Haunted house, graveyard, area where death took place

In Indonesian mythology, a Sundel Bolong is a mythical ghost from the archipelago which is a woman with beautiful long hair and a long white dress (her form is similar to Kuntilanak). The myth is closely linked to prostitutes, meaning a "prostitute with a hole in her", in reference to the large hole which is said to appear in her back.


In folklore, Sundel Bolong is the soul of a woman who died when she was pregnant and therefore gave birth in her grave, or who died during childbirth and the baby came out from her back (this is the reason why the hole was created in her back)[1] which is concealed from men by her long black hair. Sundel Bolong is also said to be a sensitive spirit and, if rejected by a man, she is said to castrate him.[1]

Sundel Bolong has appeared in a number of movies.[2] In 1981, an adult horror film, Sundel Bolong was released, directed by Sisworo Gautama Putra and in 2007, Legenda Sundel Bolong was released.[3]

Popular culture

See also


  1. ^ a b Clifford Geertz (1976). The religion of Java. Anthropology/comparative religions Page 658 of Phoenix books. University of Chicago Press. p. 18. ISBN 0-226-28510-3. 
  2. ^ Reinterpreting Identities in Indonesian Classic Films Poster
  3. ^ Legenda Sundel Bolong

External links

  • Review: Kafan Sundel Bolong (2012)

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