Top 5 Scariest Mythological Creatures In The Philippines!
The Philippines has a large variety of mythical creatures,
especially in the countryside (rural areas).
Most Filipinos believe that they exist despite the fact that
there is no scientific evidence for any of these creatures.
To this day, the mythical beings still play an active role in the lives of many filipinos and sometimes used to scare children.
Duwende are goblins, hobgoblins, elves or dwarfs. these are creatures that play a certain amount of mischief on humans, though from time to time they are also considered house guardians.
They live in small hills, that look like anthills, big trees like narra, and abandoned houses
They become scary if someone will destroy their home and punish the culprit with a myriad of ailments such as swelling or vomiting and also curse. Hence, the phrase "tabi, tabi po" is usually used to pay respect to their presence.
Filipinos would leave food on the floor, so that the duwende residing (or guarding) the house would not be angry with them.
They also take your things, and laugh at you when you try to find it. They give it back when they feel like it, or when you tell them to please give it.
Half-man and half-horse creature. it has a horse's head, the body of a human but with the feet of the horse. it travels at night to rape female mortals. The raped women will then give birth to more tikbalang.
They are also believed to cause travelers to lose their way particularly in mountainous or forest areas. Tikbalangs are very playful with people, and they usually make a person imagining things that aren't real. Sometimes a tikbalang will drive a person crazy.
This is counteracted by wearing one's shirt inside out. Another countermeasure is to ask permission out loud to pass by or, not to produce too much noise while in the woods in order not to offend or disturb the tikbalang.
Kapre (Tree Demon)
The Kapre is a Demon tree, but with more human characteristics. They are giants with glowing red eyes, sharp teeth, very long fingernails, huge trunk-like legs, brown hair and usually have a beard they are as tall as 7 to 9 Ft.
Another characteristic of this monster is that they love to smoke a big ganja pipe that never burns out, and is believed that the smell of it would attract human attention.
Unlike most of Filipino monsters, they are not evil, or like to eat people or fetuses, they just to scare children that like to stay late at night. Also love to indulge in humans vices, like gambling, drinking and smoking.
Tiyanak or Impakto (Demon Child)
Tiyanak are babies who died before receiving baptism rites. After death, they go to a place known as limbo, a chamber of hell which unbaptized dead people fall into, and are transformed into evil spirits. These phantasms return into the mortal realm in the form of goblins to eat living victims.
The tiyanak can also be the offspring of a woman and a demon. it can also be an aborted fetus which comes back to take revenge to its mother. Most Tiyanaks are said to live in forests. if they see a human, they transform into what looks like a normal baby.
When the person notices the Tiyanak and comes near to take a look at it, the Tiyanak changes back to its true form and eats its prey.
Aswang (Philippine Ghouls)
aswangs are shapeshifters. they are human-like by day but transform into different monstrous forms to harass and eat awake humans at night or day, especially pregnant women who are about to give birth.
Aswangs can change from a human to an animal form, usually as a big black bird with a long tongue (tiktik), as a half-bodied monster (manananggal) as a bat, a cat, a pig or a black dog.
Aswangs appear at night (rarely during the day) to prey upon unwary travelers or sleeping people. It is said that they have a peculiar liking for the taste of human liver. Also have a peculiar liking for the fetus of pregnant women and are said to find their quarry by the scent of the mother, which to the aswang smells like ripe jackfruit.
Upon finding the house of the pregnant mother, the tiktik alights on the roof from where it stretches its tongue until it is as thin as a thread and uses it to enter the womb and feast on the fetus..