Aswang: Mythical Creature

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The awang are the most feared of supernatural creatures on the Philippines. They can enter the body of a person and through this person they inflict harm on those the they dislike. Most common are the female variety who appear as an ugly old woman with long, unkempt hair, blood-shot eyes, long nails, and a long, black tongue. She has holes in her armpits which contain oil. This gives her power of flight.

A being of enormous power, she can transform herself into any shape, even inanimate objects. She preys on children, pregnant women, and ill people. Once she has overpowered a victim, she will take a bundle of sticks, talahib grass, and rice or banana stalks, and transform these into a replica of her victim. This replica is sent home while she takes the real person back with her. Upon reaching its home, the replica will become sick and die. The victim will then be killed and eaten. She is said to be particularly fond of the liver.

I had a real experienced of seeing this monster, I was a young boy at that time and our house was in a small barrio (small town) with only few neighbors and surrounded with trees. The wife of our neighbor was pregnant at that time and their house was a small hut with windows that cant be closed, which simply means you can see the stars in their house during night time. It was a very noisy mid-night that i could not sleep, our neighbor dogs keeps howling in our backyards. So, I tried to check it, I slightly-openned our window good enough for my eyes to see everything outside, I am fascinated because the moon was so bright and there was no dogs in our backyard so i look at our neighbor's house and there i saw the howlong dogs, BUT WHEN I LOOKED AT THE WINDOW, I SAW SOMETHING DARK FLOATING - ITS LIKE A PERSON FLOATING HORIZONTALLY FACING OUR NEIGHBOR'S OPENNED WINDOW. I was very scared because its hard to describe that dark floating thing, even the surrounding was clear. I closed the window and went straight to my bed covering myself with my pillow and sleep again.
On the next day I talked to my friend about what happened last night, and i asked him if there was something unusual that happened in their house that night. He said he and his siblings were guarding their mother all the time and they were aware of the possible attacks of the Aswang. He told me had stepped something like a hairy tail and then he had thrown Garlic unto it and then it suddenly disappeared.


There are a wide variety of stories about the Aswang circulating between rural Filipinos, making it impossible to settle upon any fixed definition of their appearance or activities. However, one trademark or defining feature of Aswangs which distinguishes them from other Filipino mythological creatures is their propensity to replace live victims or stolen cadavers with a facsimile that it creates out of tree trunks and other plant materials. Aswangs are particularly feared for their fondness for eating unborn fetuses and small children. Their favorite body parts are the liver and heart.

By some accounts, Aswangs are said to be able to enter the body of a person and through this person they inflict harm on those the they dislike. Most commonly, they are female and appear as an ugly old woman with long, unkempt hair, blood-shot eyes, long nails, and a long, black tongue. She has holes in her armpits which contain oil. This gives her power of flight.


A being of enormous power, an Aswang can transform itself into any shape, even inanimate objects. It preys on children, pregnant women, and ill people. Once an aswang has overpowered a victim, it will take a bundle of sticks, talahib grass, and rice or banana stalks, and transform these into a replica of its victim. This replica is sent home while the Aswang takes the real person away to be killed and eaten. The replica person, upon reaching its home, will become sick and die.

In many stories, an Aswang lives as regular townsperson by day, and prefers an occupation related to meat, such as butchery or making sausages. By some accounts, Aswangs have an ageless appearance and a quiet, shy and elusive manner. They can be distinguished from humans by two signs. One is the bloodshot eyes from staying up all night looking for opportunities to sneak into houses where funeral wakes are being held, and stealing the dead bodies.

Among its many talents, the Aswang can transform itself from human to animal and animal to human. The Aswang can disguise him/herself as a pig, dog, snake, bat, or black bird. Supposedly if a person looks at them in the eyes, the reflection would appear inverted. During their nocturnal activities, they walk with their feet facing backwards and toenails reversed.
One type of Aswang is the kikik, which transforms into a huge bird/bat at night and prowls. The kikik looks for a sleeping pregnant woman. When it has found one, it extends a very long proboscis into the womb and kills the fetus by draining its blood. It is said that while this is taking place, a 'kik-kik-kik' sound is often heard.

In some stories, the kikik is an Aswang's familiar, said to confuse people by its 'kikik' sound. If the Aswang is near, the sound would be faint so that people hearing it would think that the Aswang is still far away.

The term wak-wak or wuk-wuk is frequently used for the same creature in the Cebu region. The legends of the wak-wak and kikik are much the same, but the wak-wak is specifically supposed to change into its birdlike form by leaving behind its lower body, much like the Manananggal, another Philippine vampire. The cry of a night bird which makes a "wuk-wuk-wuk" sound is believed to be the call of this monster and is feared by superstitious villagers. As with the call of the kikik, the wak-wak is believed able to make its cry sound distant when the creature is near.
In Panitan(Panit'an) Capiz, there is a myth of the Dangga or Agitot. This type of aswang is said to take the form of a handsome gay man that hunts women during the night and drinks blood like a vampire.

Another familiar is the sigbin or Zegben Some say that this is another form that the Aswang transforms into and yet some say it is the companion of the kikik. Its appearance is said to be similar to the chupacabra and Tasmanian devil in appearance, although with spotty fur. It supposedly has a wide mouth with large fangs.

One of the most popular legends in the visayas region is the infamous AswangTiniente Gimo(lieutenant Gimo) of the town of DueƱas, Iloilo

6 comments:

Myx January 24, 2011 at 11:14 PM  

Kua Jayson, is this for real?
I mean, nkita mo tlaga?!!

Jayson Patalinghug January 24, 2011 at 11:28 PM  

when I was young I woke up one nice and saw an old lady on sitting on our window....my room is located in the 2nd floor and the lady's eyes were red. I am not sure if she was an aswang or an elemental because I was terrified that I ran and see her no more...

I have seen several supernatural beings that arose my interest in researching this kind of topic. In the town where I came from, foklore is believed to be real than a myth...

Myx January 25, 2011 at 10:11 PM  

Really? What else have you seen in the past?
Kwento mo nmn Kuya Jayson...

I'm interested...

Jayson Patalinghug January 26, 2011 at 5:44 PM  

i will write stories soon about them Myx... hehe

Clyde,  February 23, 2011 at 5:03 PM  

Hahaha... I'm starting to like this page may pagka weird kagaya ko ehehehe... Nag-aral ako ng Psychology hehehe saka... gusto ko ang topic about Paranormal Psychology...

KentClyde,  March 5, 2011 at 1:55 AM  

Well... hehehe... this is quite amazing,,, nung bata ako hehehe... in my town,,, Daet, Camarines Norte,,, in a Subdivision,,, syempre kunti ang tao dun kc mayayaman cla kaya bibihira ang umuuwi sa kani kanilang bahay parang mga resthouse lang un ng mga tinatawag naming kapitbahay... kunti pa lang ang nakatira dun sa subdivision na un... dun sa street namin hehee... talahiban at mga bakanteng lote katabi ng bahay namin... Minsan isang gabi... natutulog ako katabi ko ate ko... I was 8 years old pa lang nun... Grade 2 ako... binuksan ung bintana samin kc mainit ang panahon nun malapit ng mag summer... Natulog ako mga 7:00 kc gnun kami pinatutulog ng Mama namin... nagising ako Midnight den... den napatingin ako sa bintana... para kcing may sumisilip skin... I had that eerie feeling ... pinilit kong makatulog pero pag pikit ko ramdam ko tlaga may tao sa labas... den ndi ako natulog... nakikiramdam lang pinagpapawisan na ako... eh ung mama ko gnun din pala nararamdaman... Gumising sya den nakita nya gising ako... hehee... cnavi ko sa kanya... den pinainom ako ng tubig... tpos cnara nya bintana pero... after nun gnun pa din eh ehhee... alam ko ndi magnanakaw un... kakaiba sya... weird... hehehe... may nakatingin sau na wla ka namang nakikita...

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