The Hantus are not only deeply rooted in Malay culture but in most cultures in this world. Most cultures have had Animisme influences before they got hold of religion. When these people starts to embrace religion be it Islam ,Christianity and others the animisme mentality still hung to them like a second skin. So what we witness now is the propagation of hantu despite believing in religion. And some existing religions actually co-exist with the hantus.
Hantu is a powerful "weapon" used to scare off people especially children.We've heard how adults threatened kids with hantus if they don't behave.Or if they refuse to eat or refuse to sleep early.Or if they were still playing at dusk.And hantus will be the reason for not allowing children to go certain location(unapproved playground). If you want to go an abandoned mining pool there will be the Hantu Air or Hantu Lombong waiting for you to drown you. If you want to go by the hillside to 'lastik burung' there will be the nenek kebayan or orang bunian to take you away with them.
And not to mention Hantu Raya ( never heard of Hantu Krismas or Hantu Divali or Hantu Gong Xi Fa Cai though),Hantu Galah,Pelesit,Toyol( will star in the next installation of Ocean 4),Pontianak(or Langsiaq). There's also hantu Kumkum or the famous Hantu Kopek( all yours Mr Clark Gable).
Not not well known one(to me that is) Hantu Kuali( is that what you called it Mr Bergen,sir?)
Hantu had and most probably will always have a special place in our lives.
But I wouldn't mind if hantus are as pretty as MY in PHSM and dukun as pretty as Umie Aida in the up coming movie DUKUN.
Other fotos taken by tokasid.