Pocong ghost Indonesia

Currently, the island republic of Indonesia does not have a national lockdown keeping people inside their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

However, the people of Kepuh, a village in Central Java, are taking matters into their own hands.


Instead of issuing fines to convince people to stay home, they have deployed a more extreme tactic: ghost patrols.

The police, in collaboration with the village youth group, sent people dressed as pocongs (ghosts from Indonesian folklore) to scare people off the streets.

Java, Indonesia

Volunteers dress in long white burial shrouds and their faces ghoulishly painted white and black.

Pocong are meant to represent the souls of the dead, and are believed to jump out of graves in their burial shrouds to warn people that the soul needs to be released from the burial shroud.

Pocong ghost Indonesia


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