According to Malaysian folklore, a women who dies in childbirth is in danger of becoming Pontianak. (Pontianak means child-bearing ghost). The Pontianak haunts graveyards or old trees. She lures her victims by crying like a baby. At first she appears as a beautiful woman or a lost child, but once her victims are close she transforms into an ugly crone with fangs. Sometimes only her head appears, with entrails dangling from her neck.
The Pontianak is one of the most violent spirits in folklore. Motivated by jealousy, she tears her victims apart with her sharp claws and devours their entrails. Her favorite prey is pregnant women or babies, but she occasionally takes her revenge out on men. When attacking men she rips out their sex organs with her hands before slashing them open.
A sharp nail helps to fend off Pontianak attacks. When a nail is plunged into the back of a Pontianak’s neck, she turn into a beautiful woman. She stays this way until the nail is pulled out.
Should you ever find yourself faced with a Pontianak and all else fails, try reciting this charm.