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A pontianak is a type of Malay ghost of a woman who died during childbirth and becomes the undead.

According to the story, the Pontianak resides in banana trees that grow near houses. She appears as a beautiful and seductive woman, usually accompanied with the strong perfume of frangipani, and upon capture of her prey (usually unwary men or pregnant women), she turns into a hideous hag and kills them.

However, if one wishes to capture this beautiful spirit to make her a wife (don't underestimate how desperate some people can be), a red string can be tied or inserted (using needles) into the banana trees's heart/fruit/blossom and the other end tied to the person's window. However, if the string is ever severed, the pontianak will be released and kill her captor.


I wanted to capture the moment when she realized that someone is attempting to capture her. However.. the strings are not tied tightly enough..

This is for pixelbrush.com's Myth contest.

edit: Winner of Pixelbrush's Event #15 Myth contest ^^!!
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:iconlinaaugelina:
LinaAugelina Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a city in Indonesia called Pontianak too
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:iconsatishverma:
satishverma Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
awesome work.
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:icontanukitagawa:
TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
The legend is scary,but your work is wonderful,with great artwork and amazing coloring!Congratulaions! :winner:
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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:iconbasschel:
basschel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely great colours! There is real life in the picture :-)
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:iconlishamerican:
LishaMerican Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
It's called kuntilanak in Indonesia, while here in Malaysia we call it pontianak. :)
Beautiful art btw! <3
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:iconpoetsiren:
Poetsiren Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Beautiful brush strokes!
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:iconpanjoelavengerz:
panjoelavengerz Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
...wow beautifull ghost...
kalo ditempatku namanya kuntilanak...bisanya ngakak.."cekikikan
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:iconayane458:
Ayane458 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Beauiful effect.
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:iconamberrant:
Amberrant Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Banana plants! I miss me their hearts. I used to peel them open....
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:iconcharasca:
charasca Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
the name is kuntilanak not pontianak
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:iconcharming-manatee:
Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Student Filmographer
this is really beautiful and amazing ,i like how you done the scenery!
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:iconnightfeather86:
NightFeather86 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Ohmigosh, she's beautiful! Normally in the movies, the pontianaks have long black hair covering their whole faces and dressed in dirty white. I never knew they're supposed to be beautiful and seductive! (Maybe because I never actually watched a scary movie-.-')
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:iconfloratasartir:
FloraTasartir Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
I love this colours
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:icons-a-k-u-r-a-haruno:
S-a-k-u-r-a-Haruno Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How pretty *__*
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:iconcottonkelly:
CottonKelly Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
She is Beau-ti-ful 8O I loooove her hair, her dress and all the strings.. wow and also the fact that it looks like it will rain soon...
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:iconphrazey:
Phrazey Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011   Digital Artist
Love the flowing of her gown :-)

Pontianak myth also existed in Indonesia. Even there is a capital province named Pontianak here, I kid you not.
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:iconbloodredrosepetals:
bloodredrosepetals Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
I think it is a beautiful and thrilling image. I also find myself getting lost in the folds of her gown. Ever night!
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:iconvintagemusicbox:
vintagemusicbox Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
I love the story behind this!
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:iconrattlingbones:
RattlingBones Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I love the whole concept of this picture, and how you related it to a pontianak. So very interesting!
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:iconcuty-chan:
Cuty-chan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
Even though she's dead and a bad sprit!! She looks very pretty and calm!
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:iconpainter-chan:
painter-chan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeus.She's so tender and fragile,but she's still dead.
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:iconanas-bisenty:
anas-bisenty Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Student General Artist
This is just sooo amazing! I can't stop looking at it even though I know she's a ghost.

In my country, Indonesia we also have the same ghosts. Indonesia and Malaysia are really close in map, so there's no wonder we share the same ghosts. But in my country it's called Kuntilanak, while Pontianak is the name of a city. LOL.
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:iconremizia:
remizia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
woww this ghost exest in Thailand tooo!
:D we called she Tanee :D
she's a cool ghost!
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:iconchibaizuwa:
ChibaIzuwa Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
actually,malay and indonesia has the same myth for it.pontianak is one of the part of kalimantan island in indonesia.and in indonesian myth,it has the other name.it's called kuntilanak.sorry for spamming
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:iconal-hamadi:
Al-Hamadi Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
lovely
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:iconshinysunlight:
Shinysunlight Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Nice. Bit childish though... facial expression good, greenery/sky good, but that brown wavy stuff/her dress or hair.. I think it's too much. It's taking the true message away from the picture, it's occupying 80% of the scene.
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:iconfoxalmighty:
foxalmighty Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
amazing *stunned*
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:icontass-aj:
Tass-AJ Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009   Interface Designer
Man, <3 the way you visualise these things. It's gorgeous!
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:iconbeatizm:
Beatizm Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
My mom told me that Pontianak derives from Perempuan(Or pompuan for bahasa pasar, hehz~) Mati Anak. Someone just cut short it coz it was too long. Haha. Anw, cool version.
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:iconqyrara:
Qyrara Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
In Indonesia, she's called "Kuntilanak" and the only way to capture her (yes, there ARE men who desperate enough to do these kind of thing) is to knock a nail on her head. They say when she turn into a human, she'd be a really perfect woman, very beautiful and gentle. Anyway, even if she turned back, she wouldnt kill her childs and husband.

And owh, I just love ur art~ :love:
She's very beautiful~
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:iconinspyerd:
inspyerd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
the way you capture light and life and flowing fabric makes me want to cry

i would die smiling if i could posses even a fraction of your talent
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:icondragonavants:
dragonavants Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
I really liked your art, more so because you added the tale... I showed it to my dad too...
:P
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:iconluciole:
luciole Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks ^^!
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:iconwak-tak12:
Wak-tak12 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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:icontankiansheng:
TANKIANSHENG Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009   Digital Artist
nice artwork,like it
keep it up.you cn do better than this
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:iconchekkata:
Chekkata Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Fantastic interpretation! (And yeah, some people can be pretty desperate, but I know some friends who would be better off with a nice demon than some of the girls they've dated!)
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:iconluciole:
luciole Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you XD
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:iconbokutachi:
bokutachi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
the myth i heard a bit different... when u want her to be human... u have to struck a nail at the back of her colarbone ^-^
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:iconluciole:
luciole Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
There's so many variations :)
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:iconbokutachi:
bokutachi Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
yup different regions with different story perhaps ^-^
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:iconfooledsweetness:
Fooledsweetness Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
This piece has been featured here [link]
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:iconluciole:
luciole Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feature :)
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:iconedenized:
Edenized Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I say, you captured the mood so well and yes, the folklore's like that. I'm a malaysian XD That's why the village folks out nails and leaves under the pregnant woman to keep the pontianak away. I love this piece a lot.
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:iconluciole:
luciole Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Where from? I'm from Klang, Selangor :)
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:iconedenized:
Edenized Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I came from Sungai Petani. A small town in Kedah.
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:iconkattakom:
kattakom Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
your art is amazing.
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:iconluciole:
luciole Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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:icontrixinc:
TrIXInc Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009   Digital Artist
this is the first time im seeing pontianak ever so ...beautiful. and wonderfully done too!
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:iconlegendsoriental:
legendsoriental Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009   Interface Designer
Great work
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