Jenglot: Indonesia’s Mysterious Dolls of Dark Magic and Legends

Jenglot. With its deformed humanoid doll appearance and a size of up to 12 centimeters, this enigmatic entity has captured the imaginations of locals and intrigued supernatural enthusiasts alike. But what exactly is a Jenglot, and what mysteries lie behind its eerie existence?


The Jenglot, with its sparse and stiff hair growing through its legs and long nails, may seem harmless at first glance. However, it is believed that when infused with black magic, this tiny doll becomes a powerful protector, a vengeful agent against enemies, or a bearer of good fortune for its master. Such is the potency attributed to these creatures that they can fetch exorbitant prices, reaching thousands of ringgit or millions of rupiah in the market.

Legend has it that Jenglots were once human beings, transformed into these miniature dolls. To sustain their eerie vitality, Jenglot “keepers” provide them with sustenance in the form of blood. Whether it be animal blood, often goat’s blood, or even human blood, the crimson fluid is placed near the Jenglot, believed to be absorbed by the creature in its own peculiar way.

Intriguingly, Jenglots have not only become subjects of belief and fascination but have also found their way into exhibitions across Indonesia. Often displayed as private collections of supernatural researchers and enthusiasts, these specimens have been showcased, allowing people to witness their mysterious allure firsthand. One notable exhibition took place at the “Pameran Misteri, Jin, Hantu dan Keranda” held at the Sultan Alam Shah Museum in Shah Alam. However, skeptics maintain that these dolls are mere man-made toys, devoid of any supernatural power.

Unsurprisingly, the realm of the Jenglot is not without its fair share of hoaxes. Many specimens have been exposed as masterfully crafted taxidermy creations, utilizing elements from monkeys and fish. However, it’s essential to note that not all specimens have undergone examination, and the belief in the Jenglot as a real entity remains prevalent among many natives.

In a curious turn of events, scientists in Malaysia examined hairs and DNA from four Jenglots brought from Irian Jaya, Indonesia to Kuala Lumpur. Astonishingly, the DNA analysis revealed that the hairs likely belonged to the same person, and some even displayed an intriguing detail: an intact dried root at the tip, indicating that the hairs were implanted upside down on the Jenglots’ heads.

The Jenglot continues to captivate and confound, blurring the lines between myth and reality. Its eerie presence in Indonesian culture and its representation in the supernatural realm leave us with unanswered questions.

Whether one believes in their mystical power or dismisses them as elaborate fakery, the allure of the Jenglot persists, inviting us to delve deeper into the fascinating world of Indonesian folklore and the mysterious forces that shape it.

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