macan gadungan

The "were-tiger" in Javanese legend. It has the body of a tiger but the spirit of a man. It is said that a man's soul can leave his body during sleep. A man who is a were-tiger has a smooth upper lip without the dimple in the middle. Some men can transform themselves into a tiger by magic (ngelmu gudangan) but others are unaware that they become tigers at night.



  • Knappert, Jan. (1992). Pacific Mythology. London: The Aquarian Press.