Spooky Southeast Asia

Featured Books

* Understanding Witchcraft and Sorcery in Southeast Asia
* Filipino Ghost Stories: Spine-Tingling Tales of Supernatural Encounters and Hauntings
* Malaysian Ghost Stories
* Island of Demons
* Possessed by the Spirits: Mediumship in Contemporary Vietnamese Communities

Understanding Witchcraft and Sorcery in Southeast Asia

Understanding Witchcraft and Sorcery in Southeast Asia
Edited by Watson and Ellen
University of Hawaii Press, 1993

Witchcraft holds a perennial fascination for scholars and the public at large. In Southeast Asia malign magic and sorcery are part of the routine experience of villagers and urban dwellers alike, and stories appearing in the press from time to time bear witness to a persisting public concern. The essays presented in this volume describe what people believe and what actions result from those beliefs. Not surprisingly, given the range and variety of cultures, considerable differences exist in the region. Among some cultures, in Thailand and Indonesia for example, sorcerers are said to possess spirits that empower them to cause illness and misfortune. Elsewhere, in Malaysia and Sumatra, the power of the dukun derives from the accumulation of arcane knowledge and mystical practice. Contributors describe the witches and sorcerers they have met and suggest both how their societies look upon them and how we in turn should regard them. Understanding Witchcraft and Sorcery in Southeast Asia will appeal to scholars and students of social anthropology and comparative religion. Its substantial contribution to theoretical and comparative issues in a Southeast Asian context provides a fresh perspective on a stimulating topic.

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Filipino Ghost Stories: Spine-Tingling Tales of Supernatural Encounters and Hauntings

Filipino Ghost Stories: Spine-Tingling Tales of Supernatural Encounters and Hauntings
by Alex G. Paman
Tuttle Publishing, 2011

Ghost stories are commonplace in traditional Filipino culture, with virtually every family having their own personal accounts of encounters with the supernatural. Passed on from generation to generation, these tales act as a bridge to the past, to a time lost or nearly forgotten.

Full of ghostly encounters with all manner of things eerie and terrifying in the Philippines, Filipino Ghost Stories is a collection of creepy tales that have been told in the author’s family for generations. The book delivers terrific entertainment—and some good chills—for those interested in the Philippines and aficionados of the supernatural alike.

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Malaysian Ghost Stories

Malaysian Ghost Stories
by Lansell Taudevin
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2010

Malaysia is a country riddled with folklore of ghosts: hantu, pontianak, tigbanua, djinn and so on. There are hundreds. This books takes a light hearted look at some of the ghost stories that are popular in that country. read and believe – if you will!

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Island of Demons

Island of Demons
by Nigel Barley
Monsoon Books Pte. Ltd., 2010

Many men dream of running away to a tropical island and living surrounded by beauty and exotic exuberance. Walter Spies did more than dream. He actually did it. In the 1920s and 30s, Walter Spies – ethnographer, choreographer, film maker, natural historian and painter – transformed the perception of Bali from that of a remote island to become the site for Western fantasies about Paradise and it underwent an influx of foreign visitors. The rich and famous flocked to Spies’ house in Ubud and his life and work forged a link between serious academics and the visionaries from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward, Miguel Covarrubias, Vicki Baum, Barbara Hutton and many others sought to experience the vision Spies offered while Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, the foremost anthropologists of their day, attempted to capture the secret of this tantalizing and enigmatic culture. Island of Demons is a fascinating historical novel, mixing anthropology, the history of ideas and humour. It offers a unique insight into that complex and multi-hued world that was so soon to be swept away, exploring both its ideas and the larger than life characters that inhabited it.

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Possessed by the Spirits: Mediumship in Contemporary Vietnamese Communities

Possessed by the Spirits: Mediumship in Contemporary Vietnamese Communities
Edited by Fjelstad and Nguyen
Cornell University Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2006

Essays examining the resurgence of the Mother Goddess religion among contemporary Vietnamese following the economic “Renovation” period in Vietnam. Anthropologists explore the forces that compel individuals to become mediums and the social repercussions of their decisions and interactions.

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