Kuntilanak (Malay language: puntianak, Pontianak) is a ghost who is believed to come from pregnant women who died or the woman who died due to childbirth and child have not been born. The name "kuntilanak" or "Pontianak" most likely comes from the combination of the word "pregnant" (pregnant) and "son". This myth is similar to the mythical ghost langsuir known in Southeast Asia, especially in the Indonesian archipelago. Kuntilanak ghost myth since ancient myth has also become common in Malaysia after being taken by immigrants from the archipelago.
In Malay folklore, kuntilanak figure depicted in the form of a beautiful woman. Kuntilanak depicted happy terrorizing villagers for revenge. Kuntilanak as appears always accompanied by fragrant frangipani flowers. It is said that men who are not careful could be killed after kuntilanak transformed into blood-sucking. Kuntilanak be said often incarnated as a beautiful woman who walked a deserted street alone. Therefore, the story is probably aimed at avoiding class women than harassed by young men who fear the Kuntilanak when walking alone on a deserted road.
In the spooky stories and horror movies on TV Malaysia, kuntilanak depicted kill prey by sucking the blood in the neck, like a vampire.
Somewhat different from the picture according to Malay tradition, kuntilanak Sundanese tradition does not have a hole in the back and only interfere with the appearance only. The kind that has a hole in the back as the description above is called sundel perforated. Kuntilanak reportedly also like a certain tree as a "dwelling", such as hibiscus that grow leaning to one side(Popularly called "spades inclined").
Based on the beliefs and traditions of Javanese society, kuntilanak will not interfere with the pregnant woman if the woman is always carrying a nail, knife, and scissors when traveling anywhere. This causes often encountered habits put scissors, needles and knives near the crib.
According to the Malay community trust, sharp objects such as nails kuntilanak can ward off attacks. When kuntilanak attack, a nail stuck into the hole in the back of the neck kuntilanak. While in other Indonesian public confidence, the location for driving a nail can be shifted to the top of the crown kuntilanak.