The Oily Man – Orang Minyak

Where does the Malaysian creature known as the Orang Minyak originate? With no definitive answer to hand, Malaysians have to rely on their own opinions or beliefs. Of course each opinion can differ from the next one – sometimes wildly.

The two major causes that most Malaysians seem to settle for are that the Orang Minyak (or Oily man as it has come to be known) is a product of an over inflated frustration from sex starved young men that actually turn to dark magic to win over that special someone, or perhaps the one that got away. Others infer that this local legend is derided from folklore and myth that is at the beck and call of a malevolent shaman or witch-doctor. Wherever this creature comes from or whoever summons it, the price for doing so is said to be a frightening one indeed. The Orang Minyak must locate and rape 3 virgins per day on average over the course of a 7 day period. It is quite possible that both options are accurate. Humans have long been fascinated by supernatural beings or entities and have entertained the possibility of not just worshiping them, but taking control of them. A dangerous thing to attempt in the wrong hands – or even the right hands.

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Video still from Orang Minyak 2007.

The Orang Minyak is considered to be a monster but reports of it’s appearance vary as much as a description of any man. The height and weight has been described with a wide ranging scope from skinny to obese; from tall to diminutive. Eye color can alternate between yellow, gold, red or jet black. Every description given does share one bizarre attribute. The body of this thing is completely covered in a dark and slippery oil. The oil that is said to cake the whole skin comes from within the skin itself. It doesn’t drip so will not form footprints to follow or fingerprints to test.

Whatever description reported, the behavior of this creature can be classed as lustful. It’s single motivation is just to satisfy its seemingly enormous libido and any female virgin that happens to cross its path runs the very real risk of rape. According to some reports, the behavior of the Orang Minyak borders on desires beyond simply lust. At times it seems as though it is seeking some kind of satisfaction or gratification for it’s actions. This may be due to part of the legend of the creature. Those that insist that is a freshly altered mortal believe that it does what it does merely to complete clauses in a contract. Even if this accurate, the Orang Minyak maintains it’s predatory nature for virgins. This behavior becomes so ingrained within it’s subconscious that it turns into an addiction. The Orang Minyak has neither the desire or willpower to stop what it does.

As frightening as this must all sound, there is a defense against it. During the hours of daylight, it may be spotted and the lascivious natures it holds so dear can be countered. During nocturnal hours however, the shackles are off and with no restraints in place, the creature is free to prowl for any number of potential victims. The victim of this assault would understandably be terrified by the appearance and actions of the creature, but that is nothing in comparison to the Orang Minyak itself if it discovered and caught red-handed. It will try to escape the scene, and thanks to it’s unique armor, a lot of the time it will. Some enterprising women have used this as a first line of defense against a possible attack. While sleeping overnight, a pile of unwashed male clothing might be left close to the bed and make an effective barrier. Some women even go one stage further and actually wear male clothing during sleep.

Those defensive measures are mainly utilized by those who subscribe to the more humanized cause to this legend. Those that insist that this creature is a supernatural being have come up with a possible solution of their own. Hiring a Malay spirit medium – known locally as a Bomoh – may be enough to prevent an attack from taking place. Another solution discovered is to bite one’s own left thumb and cover it in a cloth or fabric that has previously been magically treated. This is called a Batik and is only supposed to work while an assault is taking place.

Evidence of these supernatural origins may come from claims about some of the things that this creature is capable of doing. Reports suggest that, at certain times, Orang Minyak has the ability to induce paralysis on a psychic level – similar to a Succubus or Incubus. Perhaps as an extension of this skill is the will to render the victim’s voice muted for the duration of the assault. Finally, in what could be viewed as the most sinister and disturbing of these talents is that Orang Minyak can only ever be seen by a virgin.

Such a frightening entity – if you believe such accounts.

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Les Hewitt

Les currently resides in London and is a freelance writer with a long standing passion for the unexplained and paranormal. In his spare time he enjoys astronomy and Xboxing. It's a big Universe full of wonders.

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