A Toyol or Tuyul is a mythical spirit in the Malay mythology of South-East Asia (notably Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore). It is a small child spirit invoked by a bomoh (Malay witch doctor) from a dead human foetus using black magic. It is possible to buy a toyol from such a bomoh.
Some say that toyol has its origins from Mecca near the Kaaba (the belief refers to the Pre-Islamic Era where the Arabs used to kill their children and bury them all around Mecca. The Chinese name for the toyol is guǐ zai (literally "ghost child"). The corresponding term in the Hokkien dialect is kwee kia.
A person who owns a toyol uses it mainly to steal things from other people, or to do mischief. According to a well-known superstition, if money or jewellery keeps disappearing mysteriously from your house, a toyol might be responsible.
One way to ward off a toyol is to place some needles under your money, for toyols are afraid of being hurt by needles.
A Malay source give us a bit more details.
The toyol’s main task is to steal for his master. It is believed among the Malays that a toyol may be brought back from Middle East or Holy Mecca, after paying a sum of money to its’ keeper.
However, a toyol only steals some amount equivalent to his own price. It is said his owner may never get rich but will never be short of cash. The toyol has to be fed with a blood charm drawn from the toe of its owner.
The toyol is known to be short and small with a bulging stomach, wide-eyed, and with big pointed ears and childish nature.
According to the Malay beliefs, one way of deterring the toyol from stealing, is to place live crabs near the house. The toyol is believed to be fond of playing with the crabs until dawn and thus not be able to steal any money.
There are some slight differences in the toyol folklore of the region, such as
Some Western ghost resembles the Malay toyol. Their characters are identical; mischievous, playful and dull-witted.
The Malay Language version
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