Next time you think about stepping into a puddle and splashing like you did when you were in school, think again.
There may be spirits residing in those small pools of water.
There is a clear demarcation of where spirits "reside", as explained in Kirk Michael Endicott's Analysis of Malay Magic.
The places where sea spirits, water spirits and land spirits live are separated by borders.
The wave line that remains on the sand after the tide has left the shore is the boundary between the sea spirit and the land spirit, wrote Endicott.
Water spirits or Hantu Air, tend to exist in varying sizes of body of water such as the pond, puddles, rivers, lakes or unused wells.
Don't disturb the water spirits, warn believers of the Malay folklore, unless you want your face to resemble a water balloon.
The condition you'll end up with after an "encounter" with water spirits is called "gemuk air", or in literal translation, fat with water.
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