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The Penanggalan is a traditional vampire from the folklore of Malaysia (and one of my all-time favorite monsters), consisting of a woman's disembodied head and entrails. It is said to fly at night, hunting for the blood of infants, pregnant women and even the unborn. An identical spirit, the Krasue, exists in Thai mythology, and a male version was spoken of in ancient China. These vampires have appeared in many overseas horror films and the world famous Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game!

This is a real vampire, kids. This is something real people really believed was going to come for their blood in centuries past. Vampires are not sexy punk teens. Vampires are bizarre, inhuman, decomposing parasites, and throughout the thousands of vampire legends around the world, they are rarely even human in appearance at all.
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tophxomi Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It's amazing that you managed to make a Penanggalan cute.
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IronBrony1981 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
She looks magnificent!!:iconhrtplz:
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kaaslave Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Cute and gruesome simultaneously...I like. :)
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snow-melon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Writer
Scythemantis, the more I look through your stuff, the more creeped out I get. Also, I like you more an more. I can't believe you knew about this thing: I read about it on SCP (It's SCP 1000 and something). I know that it's a real creature though. If I'm not mistaken, the D&D variant messes with its folklore a bit. My favorite part is it's actually very cute, and aside from being a pile of organs, it's not too bad to look at. Kinda like Gurdy in The Binding of Isaac.

Funny thing, I'm actually using these babies as a new creature variant in MTG. They'll come in all colors, but mostly Red Blue and Black. I'll be uploading them likely this week,

Dang man, I'm favoriting this.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I first learned of them from the old school D&D fiend folio, but didn't realize, somehow, that they were from mythology until a kid's book about vampires mentioned them (but didn't show them, perhaps for obvious reason)

It occurs to me it might be interesting if they had different organs. Like one has the usual intestines, another has a heart and vascular system dangling, another just huge lungs or something and they'd drain different things, perhaps, like blood, breath, flesh, energy, etc. :D
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Gravidtron Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Three years later I stir this thread this to ask: was it THIS book? amzn.com/059044302X
That's where I first heard about penanggalans too, and kappas, and kitsune and a whole bunch of other stuff-- not to mention crazy things like the Watermelon Baby. This book was a godsend!
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snow-melon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Writer
So far I have a scout type one that can attack the turn you play it, a heavier one that has attack priority, and a matriarch that can generate additional penanggalans. The mythic rare penanggalan is called "Hui, Feeder of the Masses". Basically, when creatures get sacrificed by your opponent, it and other penanggalans get a boost. It flies like the others, but it also has annihilator, which makes you opponent sacrifice stuff when you attack. Also, it can directly make your opponent sacrifice creatures.

Aside from those, I made a few other cards that support penanggalans, such as the jar of vinegar. Sadly, my scanner is broken so I won't be able upload my art until I have access to one.
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PlayboyVampire Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's adorable :3
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DarkfireTaimatsu Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
I only discovered penanggalans by accident, but they've recently become one of my favourite beasties. That shirt is pretty much the top of my presents list for the winter holidays.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Daww I'm flattered! :D
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Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually made a creature based on these, I'd be honored if you'd check it out and tell me what you think: [link]
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Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually made a creature based on these, and I'd be honored if you'd check it out and tell me what you think: [link]
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
I... I'm sorry, Sharifah, I-It's just not working out between us. I know, I know about the abortion clinic, but it's not about that. It's about... how to say this... bodies. You don't have one. I can't keep coming up with explanations for all the congealed fluids when my friends come over, I lose a whole lot of sleep when you go out to eat and I have to clean up your trail... Can we still be friends?
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Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And the scariest part is that it sparkles. Sound familiar?
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Foxfire5634 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
lol I used to have a character who was a penanggalan. Her name was Mah'Yunga
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Emotionettesplz Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Twilight fan: Does it sparkle? No. Is it dreamy? No.
Me: Is it cool? Yes. Can it beat YOUR vampires? Yes. You have a brain? No.
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Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sadly, it does sparkle.
But, as all Penangallan are female, and this is the only vampire that does sparkle, what does that say bout Edward? :lmao:
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machine-83 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! That may be the cutest Pananggallan I've ever seen. XD Love this, great work!
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emissaryofhatred Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Its cute in a disturbing kind of way, i love all your work!
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karex303 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
I just read the description and noticed it saying that theres a male version of a penanggalan. Do you know what it's called? D|
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The Kephn, which I think is burmese. It's a wizard's head and stomach, and said to suck out human souls.
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karex303 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Oh cool! You have such a vast knowledge with penanggalans it's as if you met one.
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OrzhovSlodier Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Best vampire ever.
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malaysian-cat Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
and i thought the "Pontianak" was worse
or the "Orang Minyak"
but this...
is PURE EPICNESS!!!
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CousinTed Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Also: Hells yes relatively obscure folkloric vampires. I'm sick of all these "modern" vampires running around. Give us more severed heads still attached to entrails, skinless women who fire rocket jets from their armpits and corpses so stiff from rigor mortis they can only hop.
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karex303 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
I got the two that you've mentioned! :D (minus the skinless woman.)
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CousinTed Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
This is probably the second mos adorable thing I've ever seen try to eat an unborn fetus.
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Carni-Vorus Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I always found this particular monster to be rather awesome. Especially the fact that it had entrails floating with it everywhere. 8D
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BoKaier Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
These things you are saying, they are the truth
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SGAI Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Awww, she's adorable X3
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DrTapeworm Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Intestine vampires will always beat sparkly vampires!
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digitalspiritx Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
I always found the necrotic monsterous vampires to be a lot more interesting. Awesome job!
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revereche Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, I love penanggalans! Anyone here ever seen Shintaro Kago's manga about one?
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NARFNra Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
I still think it's cute. (and that face is hawt
)
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karex303 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Holy poop I would wear that as a shirt! <3 If only my mom would let me buy it online. D': But it is too cute! Is it okay if I use it as a background for my desktop?
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Jesus-lizard Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
She's so cute!
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Krovosos Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Take THAT Twilight!
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L-u-MP Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the guts of a killer, Bella.
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v-e-r-a Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
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NinjaSkull Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Very cool! I quite like all the veiny details, and the dripping entrail juice spelling out "Penanggalan" is a nice touch. The cute face also makes an interesting counter to the bare guts.

I love vampires, and the wildly inhuman varieties from Asia are certainly some of the most fascinating. :)
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Daimera Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
WORD.
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