Pontianak: The Vampiric Ghost of Southeast Asia

Season 2 Episode 17 | 9m 24s

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: 12/14/20

Rating: NR


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