A flying vampire
, said to be a female of stunning
beauty. A woman
can become such a creature if she dies in childbirth
or from the shock
of hearing that the child is stillborn
. (The child is transformed into a vampire called a pontianak.)
Her death can come before or after childbirth, and she will emerge as a langsuir before forty days. She can be identified by long nails, green robes, and long black hair, which hangs down to her ankles. The hair is supposedly so long to conceal a hole in the back of her neck, through which she drinks the blood of children.