Engaging the Spirit World: Popular Beliefs and Practices in Modern Southeast Asia
by Kirsten W. Endres and Andrea Lauser
Published by Berghahn Books, 2012
In many parts of the contemporary world, spirit beliefs and practices have taken on a pivotal role in addressing the discontinuities and uncertainties of modern life. The myriad ways in which devotees engage the spirit world shows the tremendous creative potential of these practices and their innate adaptability to changing times and circumstances. Through in-depth anthropological case studies from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam, the contributors to this book investigate the role and impact of different social, political, and economic dynamics in the reconfiguration of local spirit worlds in modern Southeast Asia. Their findings contribute to the re-enchantment debate by revealing that the spirited modernities that have emerged in the process not only embody a distinct feature of the contemporary moment, but also invite a critical rethinking of the concept of modernity itself.
This book is a comprehensive text for those interested in Philippine Studies and folklore. It gives readers an introduction to the creatures of lower mythology in Philippine life. It gives us a brief implication of the importance of mythology in early education. It also introduces readers to several popular myths such as dragons and dwarfs, ghouls, elves, and giants, merefolk, ogres and giants as well as werewolves and witches.
Dark Demon Rising
by Tunku Halim
Published by BiblioBazaar, 2007
The myths and folklore from the Malay peninsula is not something the Western World has been much exposed to. Tunku Halim now takes us into that dark, superstitious realm. This is the tale of Shazral who was terrorised by a demon as a boy, growing up in a small village. After his mother dies mysteriously, Shazral leaves for the city and becomes a lawyer, forsaking his father and his home. When he returns to his dying father, he learns his “inheritance” is to follow his father, to become a shaman, to heal the sick and protect the village from the demon.
Damien Sin is the author of the bestselling Classic Singapore Horror Stories (Books 1, 2 and 3), Tall Tales and Short Stories, a collection of poems and stories, and Saints, Sinners and Singaporeans, a collection of poems. He is a member of Russell Lee’s team of ghost writers. Sin also wrote the screenplay of the critically-acclaimed Mee Pok Man film. This chilling collection will take you on a roller-coaster ride through the nightmarish landscape of a very twisted imagination. Stories of such sledgehammer intensity and terror that they will leave you breathless.
Haunted Bali includes seven of the author’s personal stories about ghosts, voodoo, black magic, and vampires. Whether you consider them to be true or not, the storytelling of the author is enough if you are in the mood for some fantasy horror or something that will keep you up all night with goose bumps galore!