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Jerakong, the Egg-stealing Skeleton (Indonesia)

Updated: Feb 7

A skeleton eating an egg

These phantom skeletons from Indonesian folklore are said to steal eggs from houses and consume them on the spot. Interestingly, the eggs consumed by a jerakong appear intact but are hollow inside. Ordinary barricading measures do not deter jearkong, as they can transform into smokes and gain entry into farms and houses effortlessly. Despite this, jerakong are considered more of a nuisance, as they do not attack humans. 

According to local folklore, Jerakong were once humans who engaged in egg theft. In death, they rose from their graves as skeletal specters and continue to steal eggs for some unknown reason.


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