Lycanthropy is the ability to transform from a human to an animal, and in Malay folklore there are several types of lycanthropic entities. They include ular tedung jadian, a human who can transform into a cobra; lembu jadian, who can transform into a bull; and harimau jadian, who can transform into a tiger – in other words, a “werecat” or “weretiger.”
But unlike werewolves of European lore, a harimau jadian is not considered a threat unless hungry or driven to revenge. Its power, meanwhile, is believed to be inherited or to come from magical spells. According to myths, the harimau jadian also only appears at night – and then to protect plantations from wild animals.