McHUGH, James Noel. Hantu Hantu. An Account of Ghost Belief in Modern Malaya … Illustrated by A. F. Anthony. Singapore: Donald Moore, .
8vo. Original illustrated card wrappers; pp. 125; rather well-preserved.
Very rare first edition of a thorough and sometimes amusing investigation into Malay demonology. A hantu is a ghost, and there are many incarnations. Hantu Gaharu is a nocturnal aquatic demon; Hantu Blian, a Tiger Devil, or sometimes a were-tiger; and Hantu Bungkus, a demon wrapped in a funeral cloth of a dead human. This Hantu can make 100 metre leaps and should be more often employed in horror movies. What is also interesting is that these beliefs extend across all - and there are many - religions of the Malaysian peninsula.
James Noel McHugh (1909-1990) was director of Information Services of the Maly Federation and wrote as well books on Malay languages.
COPAC locates only four copies, at Aberystwyth University, in the British Museum, at Cambridge and SOAS.