What is Monsterku?
Monsterku combines the English word 'monster' and Malay pronoun 'aku'.
“Monster” comes from the latin word Monstrum,which usually means
unnatural or malfunctioning of nature. The word monster also derives
from Monere meaning caution or to warn.
“Ku”, a shorten Malay pronoun 'Aku' ,meaning me or I. The word 'Ku' also signify 'belonging to me' or 'mine'.
So basically monsterku means : my monsters.
Who are the Monsterku?
Monsterku introduces a treasury of ghosts from the South east Asia
Philippie and Singapore)
Regardless the specificity, cultural crossroad between neighboring countries including China,India,Vietnam,Japan as well as
Korea converge,interact and assimilate in each other.
This collision creates a treasury of intercultural belief of ghost and ghost stories.
It is to no surprise that certain ghosts share a commonality with slight differences in versions from one culture to another.
Monsterku was inspired by stories told by the elders (parents,grandparents,teachers,storytellers) whose narratives were either based on personal experiences or stories passed down for from one person to the next. Sometimes,they are tales of magic and myth, functions as a way to keeping children out of trouble by injection warnings of subsequent consequences when accepted practice are violated.
It is a very subtle form discipline as well as
entertainment,education, preservation of culture and in order to
instil moral value.
Message from the Author
My grandmother is a storyteller. One of my fondest memories growing up was helping her in the kitchen while listening to her stories. Her narratives were based on popular folklore,tales and encounters passed down for generations. They were tales of magic and myth, function as a way of keeping me out of trouble by injecting warnings of consequences if i ever crossed the line.
For instance,kids were warned to stop playing and be home before sunset or before going to bed, we were told to wash our feet to avoid nightmares. These cautionary warnings, most parents can be sure that me and other kids are safely at home and behave accordingly.
I grew up in this culture. Although I do not believe in the stories anymore, it influenced my everyday life. Till today, I never fail to wash my feet before going to bed or be out of the house during late hour if I don’t have to.