The Guardian – MondoWorks Sketchbook

Hantu is the Malay and Indonesian word for spirit or ghost. In modern usage it generally means spirits of the dead but has also come to refer to any legendary invisible being, such as demons. In its traditional context the term also referred to animistic nature spirits or ancestral souls. The word is derived from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian*qanitu and Proto-Austronesian*qaNiCuCognates in other Austronesian languages include the MicronesiananitiNagenituTaoanitoTaivoanalidSeediq and AtayalutuxBununhanitu or haniduPolynesianaitu or atua, and Tsouhicu among Taiwanese aborigines.[ In terms of concept and place in traditional folklore, it is most similar to the Filipino anito. *Wiki

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