Friday, November 16, 2007

Of Kekabu Trees & The Likes

I was doing my work when suddenly I remembered a certain Kak Ramlah. No idea who she is/was? She's a notorious banshee back in schooldays. The stories are aplenty and varies greatly (as is the norm when tales are passed through words of mouth), but it struck fear into our 13 year old hearts like no other hantu can. So scared were we, we dared not even speak out her name, we referred to her as KR only. To tell the truth, I only dared to say out the name only a few years back. Such was the effect it had.

Oh, in case you're anticipating Kak Ramlah's story, I'm sorry. We repressed it so much I think most of us can't even remember what was it about. Anyone?

But on a related case, I remembered talking with my auntie right after watching Jangan Pandang Belakang a while back. I was telling her about the movie, when she recollected a story from her childhood. This was in the 70s, and Kg Galang was much more of a kampung than it is today. If you check out my Flickr, there's a pic of the main road leading to the kampung. In the 80s & 90s it was quite busy because it was the main road connecting Kota Bharu and KL. Since then a bypass road has taken all the traffic away and today the road would look a lot like then.

The story goes that there was this very old midwife who lived not too far away from our old family home (my grandparents and kids moved to a bigger house just before I was born). She's a very good midwife, and as is the practice (or belief) in those days, she bela something. Later when I asked my mom about it (she lived there for a while too), she remembered that lady and told similar stories to me. The stories goes that her lawn were never overgrown with weeds as every morning it will be neatly cut and her kitchen was never piled up with dirty plates as every morning it will be spick and span again. She has been seen at two places at once, doing two different things, etc but I guess no one dared to ask her the obvious.

After a while she got ill with age. She was bedridden, but ate like a famished lion. The children tried to get her to hospital but she refused. As the children lived away, there were times when she would be left alone for periods of time. Yet her house remained clean and well swept, as though she got up in the wee hours to do her household chores before resuming to be ill. She became ate and ate and ate yet got thinner and thinner by the day. The climax came right before her death when she was seen climbing the walls of her house (in your face Peter Parker!), definitely unlike a frail and sick old lady.

There was (I think there still is) a kekabu tree in front of her house, purpotedly where her 'servant' lived. Don't knwo what happened after that, though I recalled when I was very young hearing the adults talking about some disturbances originating from the tree. When I asked about it, I was told that I don't need to know.

So kids, as an ending to today's story I'll leave you with a Javanese verse:
Lingsir wengi sliramu tumeking sirno
Ojo tangi nggonmu guling
Awas jo ngetoro
Aku lagi bang wingo wingo
Jin setan kang tak utusi
Dadyo sebarang
Wojo lelayu sebet

This verse is called Gending Kuntilanak. It's sung to call one forth, good luck trying ;)


kidd said...

man...KR does send chills into the bones. back then in dorm c, my bed is right next to the window.the legend has it(chet!) that the victim were seen talking next to the window with KR. campur dgn Rosman Rehan story lagi...but alhamdulillah, nothing ill happened.

bini mokhtar said...


sukaaa la tulis cerita antu! tskk tskk

.daku yg sudah cuti sekulah. said...

...i dare not say the javanese verse...huhu..
back in the days, we were told not to sing "Isabella"..
and definitely not Ukays' "walaupun.... LEHER ku panjang..!!"

waaaaaaaaaaaa.... scary scary..

pssstt.. gi lah ambik gambar pokok kekabu tu. hehehehe..

p/s:lama x borak.. sehat?

Edwin Masripan, said...

kampung aku ade pokok kekabu kt depan and blakang rumah.

im not sure my late atok 'bela' ke tak but he's known for being pious. when he left the world, he passed down his "night vision". and you know who inherited.

nanayau said...

bastet naseb aku bace first line je

Kak ZarZan said...

kak ramlah amat mengerikan ..
menyebabkan ramai tak cukup tidur ..
menyebabkan prefect hilang taring ..
menyebabkan pokok pinang menjadi pantang ..
menyebabkan boxing oil menjadi lagenda ..
menyebabkan yasin dihafal oleh 3/4 batch yang berkenaan ..
menyebabkan surau prep school menjadi dorm G ...
menyebabkan ramai hidup dalam ketakutan ..
menyebabkan ramai masih bermimpi darah ..
menyebabkan korang menggigil sepanjang hari..

cerita benar pasti mengerikan, lebih ngeri dari green lady atau big tree

Anonymous said...

wow zarzan pun ada jugak. orang lagi takut kat gambar bogel zarzan cf kak ramlah.

anyway, kak ramlah is hantu yg haunted my batch.

a lot of the stories and recollections are documented at my batch's collection of citer2 bell.

you can visit @ to find out the origin.

actually x de laa scary sngt. budak2 je yg takut lebih2.

Kak ZarZan said...

Anonymous tengok banyak sangat gambar saya until lupa url sebenar

Anonymous said...

Here's the mantra of Lingsir Wingi, just listen to it would make ur bones chilled ;)) -greets from Jtown-

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