The Orang Bati are thought
to be flying humanoid creatures indigenous to the island of Seram in
Indonesia. The local peoples of Seram tell that the Orang Bati
live within the islands volcanoes, deep within Serams largely unexplored
The indigenous peoples of
Seram live in terror of the Orang Bati whose legends describe the Orang
Bati as red-skinned man-shaped creatures about five feet tall, with a
tail and large black bat-like wings.
Sightings of the Orang
Bati have been recorded since the 15th century with the most notorious
case involving an English missionary who went to bring aid to the
indigenous people of Seram, the missionary 'Tyson Hughes' although
extremely sceptical at first, after living on the island for eighteen
months left a firm believer in the existence of the Orang Bati.
The Orang Bati are said to
leave their volcanic lairs in the dark of night and fly to the islanders
homes and abduct their children, carrying them away with them, never to
be seen again.