KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A burglar who broke into a house claims he was held captive by a “supernatural figure” for three days without food and water, officials said.
Police official Abdul Marlik Hakim Johar told The Star newspaper the house’s owners found the 36-year-old man fatigued and dehydrated when they returned from vacation Thursday.
He says they called an ambulance to take him to a hospital. The man told police that every time he tried to escape, a “supernatural figure” shoved him to the ground.
Abdul Marlik could not immediately be reached and other police officials declined to comment. – msnbc
Was the man mentally ill? I’d like more details on this. Very interesting. The photo is a girl from a Malaysian Ghost Festival on wikipedia.
Ghost Festival in Malaysia is modernized by the ‘concert-like’ live performings, it has its own characteristic and is not similar to other Ghost Festivals in other countries. The live show is popularly known as ‘Koh-tai’ by the Hokkien-speaking peoples, it was performed by a group of singers, dancers and entertainers, on a temporary stage that setup within the residential district. The festival is funded by the residents of each individual residential districts.
Another wiki article describes the Ghost Festival.
In Chinese tradition, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the Ghost Month (鬼月), in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. During the Qingming Festival the living descendants pay homage to their ancestors and on Ghost Day, the deceased visit the living.
Recall this strange article from 2006 which may provide some even more relevant cultural background:
Malaysian ‘ghost tree’ creates new haunt for tourists
Thousands of people have been flocking to a small and hitherto unremarkable village in northern Malaysia to see what is being called the “ghost-tree” – a tree on which what appears to be a grotesque human face has appeared. It is a betel nut tree, a type of palm that is as common and everyday a sight in the tropics as an oak tree in rural Britain. But etched on one of the fronds of this particular tree is something that looks like a monstrous face, its teeth bared in a snarl and its eyes lost in shadow. It may sound like the plot of a Scooby-Doo cartoon, but people in rural Malaysia are taking it very seriously. Village elders have warned the thousands coming to see the face just to look and not to make any comments, for fear of arousing the wrath of the ghost. You could be forgiven for suspecting the locals have been indulging a little too much in chewing the betel nuts, the mildly intoxicating fruit of the tree, which are popular in many parts of Asia. Sceptics have pointed out that the face appears to have changed dramatically since the first pictures of it emerged a few days ago, and become considerably larger, more distinct, and scarier and suggested that enterprising locals may have decided to give the thousands flocking to the site more to look at. … – independent