jin saribu

Or the Thousand Demons, nature spirits of the Jakun. They dwell in the earth and feed when possible on human victims.

They are as tall as the loftiest trees, and measure more than a fathom across. They have scarlet eyes, and very long black hair, which in the case of males is grown down to the waist, but in the case of females falls down below their feet ("lĕbeh kaki"). They have conical heads, and walk with the greatest swiftness, as swiftly, in fact, "as a fire-ship (i.e. steamer) can sail." As they go, they make a shrill whistling noise, "that sounds like shi-i-i-i." At the full of the moon their bodies are perfectly white, as white, in fact, as a sheet.



  • Skeat, Walter Wm. (1906). Pagan Races of the Malay Peninsula. London: Macmillan, pp. 182, 301.