Eastern Mysticism – Jenglot

A jenglot [ˈdʒɛŋlɔt] is a deformed humanoid creature in Indonesian culture and mythology. It is described as looking much like a tiny, living human doll and is sometimes said to have formerly been a human being.



Jenglot ‘keepers’ feed their creature with blood, either animal blood (goat) or human blood. Those who feed the creature with human blood buy it legally from the Indonesian Red Cross. The jenglot is said to not drink the blood directly. The person places the jenglot near the blood, but the jenglot doesn’t even move or touch the blood. It is said that the jenglot will get the nutrients of the blood in their own way. Some say it comes alive and consumes the blood when it is alone.

According to an Indonesian legend, Jenglot was an ascetic who wanted to learn the “Ilmu Bethara Karang” or the way to eternal life. It also said to be a hermit whose worship demons and gain a certain power and ability. They say if a person with great supernatural power meditates in a certain cave, they’ll become jenglot.


But according to recent DNA test done by Indonesia University, the DNA from the Jenglot skin, the DNA their found were similar to human DNA and with the same human Morphology but without any bone inside it.


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