Stories out of banana plants

Everyone knows banana plant has its many uses – from the leaves used for wrapping food to ikan bakar; the fruits for desserts, making cakes or puddings or fried as in goreng pisang. The Malays churned out delicious dishes from the flower shoots. The trunk was once  used by poultry owners  as feeds for the pigs, once its been cut into small pieces and cooked over the firewood for more than a week until soft. As for the Indians , the young plants with newly grown fruits are used as oranmental plants for prayers and weddings.

banana-trees.jpgFor the Chinese who loves to try their luck for anything that can bring them wealth, used it to ask for 4 digit number. And they believe that the tree has spirit in it. And that is how the banana ghost story comes about.

Near where I grew up was an old well surrounded with banana plants. One day there was a drought and the tap went dry. A young pregnant woman tried to draw water from the well. She peeped  into the dark well trying to see whether there was water in it and accidentally fell over.  The residents immediately sealed it off to prevent any more accidents. Evey year during Qing Ming time, her heartbroken husband used to offer prayers by the banana trees.

At midnight, the story goes that she will sit by the side of the road with baby in her arm to buy food from passing food peddlers. And thats how my story of the kuey teay man came about in my earlier blog. We heard the kuey teay man met the ghost. After taking the fried kuey teay she said she will go back and take money to pay but disappered into the banana trees. And the kuey teay man was never heard of.

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15 Responses to Stories out of banana plants

  1. wonda says:

    AIYOYO! NOBODY BOTHERED TO FIND OUT WHERE HE WENT AH? THANKS FOR THE STORY. ONE QUESTION :- HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT SHE BOUGHT THE KOAY TEOW AND DISAPPEARED INTO THE BANANA TREES? THE KOAY TEOW MAN WAS NO LONGER AROUND TO RELATE THE STORY.

  2. Yee, Julie says:

    ai yo wonda, no koay teow man to substantiate the truth. I lived at the end of the street and the koay teow man lives at the other end. So thats what we heard when he pedalled home after that night and the story filter down. Is there any truth? I dont know, thats why its called Story mah! Tks. for stopping by.

  3. FireHorse says:

    I remember that if we tie a string to the leaf or flower of the banana tree a ghost will follow the string straight to you. he he

  4. alice says:

    What’s next, Julie? Koay Teow Ghost? Eh, your house now got banana tress or not? Try tie a string like what FH said!

  5. Yee, Julie says:

    hello friends, I heard you dont need a string or banana trees, during the month of Qing Ming they are all around ekekekeeeeeek

  6. alice says:

    CHAR BOH AH, I HEARD YOUR SCREAM LAH! l LARI KUAT-KUAT!

  7. Kenny Mah says:

    Hee hee, more Malaysian Ghost Stories? The Banana Plant That Ate the Kway Teow Man!! Da-da-da-dum! ;)

  8. Yee, Julie says:

    Alice, kui lai liau…
    Kenny
    Next we have banana plant walking or floating about with unseen feet.
    Visited your blogs a few times. Your cover designs look real good. Now I know where to go when I need help.

  9. Kenny Mah says:

    Thanks for saying so, Julie. I’m still a beginner at it, as with many things.

    And I’d love to help, in any way I can, if I can. Are you planning an event or writing something? :)

  10. alice says:

    Haha! Julie, the ghost is still there ah? I think it is waiting for the “Ghost Month”. Just pulling your leg, syok-syok only.

  11. wonda says:

    Hey, Julie, you got a ghost story out of your banana tree? I got a Ghost tree (Handkerchief tree/Dove tree) on my post.

  12. tunkuhalim says:

    Hey scary story . . . maybe I can curi!

  13. Yee, Julie says:

    hey Tunku, congrats on the launch of your book. i read the review by Michael n some of your disagreements to his review. I cant comment until i get hold of ur book. wait for discount haha. Curi? sure!!!

  14. FireHorse says:

    Julie, this is for you

    Bryan Adams – When You Love Someone.mp3
    3421K Play Download

    Hope it plays.

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