Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What is an "aswang"? Is it similar to our Mexican "chupacabra"?

Question by Valmont: What is an "aswang"? Is it similar to our Mexican "chupacabra"?

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  1. It is somewhat similar to the chupacabra.
    An Aswang is a ghoul in Filipino folklore. The myth of the aswang is popular in the Western Visayan regions such as Capiz, Iloilo and Antique. The trademark or major feature of Aswangs which distinguish them from other Filipino mythological creatures is their propensity to replace stolen cadavers with the trunk of a banana tree carved in the cadaver's likeness. They are also said to like to eat small children. Their favorite body parts are the liver and heart.

  2. A vampire-like creature in Philippine folklore. Perhaps the same thing as the manananggal.

    There are several variations, depending on the locality. By day, the aswang is a female human (usually beautiful). At night, it detaches from its lower body (most descriptions say the creature has "no legs."). This half-creature has the ability to fly. Most of the renderings I have seen depict the creature as missing everything below the torso.

    The creature has a penchant for children, especially unborn babies. It seeks out pregnant women (sometimes with the aid of birds). It has a long, slithering tongue, which it inserts into a sleeping woman's uterus, to suck out the child. The aswang usually appears bloated (as if pregnant) after feeding.

    Some different local variations say the creature slithers on the ground, has bat-like wings, and can transform into a white dog. Some say the creatures floats (rather than flies). Others add that if the aswang licks a person's shadow, the person will soon die.