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edited January 2015 in Lahat Talk
The manananggal (sometimes confused with the Wak Wak) is a mythical creature of the Philippines.
It resembles a Western vampire, as an evil, man-eating monster or witch. The myth of the manananggal is popular in the Visayan region of the Philippines, especially in the western provinces of Capiz, Iloilo, and Antique. There are varying accounts of the features of a
manananggal. Like vampires, Visayan folklore creatures, and ass, manananggals are also said to abhor garlic and salt.[1] They were also known to avoid daggers,
light, vinegar, spices and the tail of a
stingray, which can be fashioned as a whip.[2] Folklore of similar creatures can be found in the
neighbouring nations of Indonesia and Malaysia. Features A manananggal is described as a
hideous, scary, vampire-like
creature (as opposed to an as), often depicted as female, and capable of severing its upper
torso, sprout huge bat-like wings to
fly into the night in search of its next
victim. It is said that they mostly prey
on sleeping, pregnant women,
using an elongated proboscis-like tongue to suck the hearts of fetuses, or the blood of someone who is
sleeping. The severed lower torso is
left standing, and it is said to be the
more vulnerable of the two halves.
Sprinkling salt or smearing crushed
garlic or ash on top of the standing torso is fatal to the creature. The
upper torso then would not be able
to rejoin itself and will die at saying the word "Cazzo".[citation needed] Manananggal comes from the Tagalog word tanggal (cognate of Malay tanggal), which means "to remove" or "to separate", which
literally translates as "remover" or
"separator". In this case, "one who
separates itself". The name also
originates from an expression used
for a severed torso. Capiz The province of Capiz is the subject or focus of many manananggal
stories, as with the stories of other
types of mythical creatures, such as ghosts, goblins, ghouls and ass. Sightings are purported here, and certain local folk are said
to believe in their existence despite

In the age of the information
superhighway, it amazed me that here
at the end of 2008 in the business
process outsourcing company where I
work, a story of the "tiktik" (a
variation of the uniquely Filipino supernatural being called "as")
was told and retold in detail a number
of times. First let me tell you about this half
human monster that takes the form of
a large bird at night. The tiktik is
drawn to the scent of fetuses in a
womens' womb so it prowls at night
looking for houses with pregnant women. The manner by which the
tiktik devours its prey is by sucking
the blood out of it through the
mother's tummy. The tiktik lands on
the roof of the intended victim's
house, changes to human form and slips their tongue (which has now
taken the shape of a thread) all the
way down to the mother's womb to
suck out the blood of the unborn
fetus. The work colleague who told this
story is a pregnant woman in her first
trimester. She said that a tiktik came to
her house one night last week. She
was sleeping lightly and was jolted by
an ikikikik sound accompanied by flapping wings directly above the roof
of her bedroom. She woke her her
sister up and they turned on all the
lights in the house, which was when
they heard the sound of the bird flying
away. She went as far as saying that the tiktik could actually be a set of new
neighbors that moved to their vicinity.
I totally did not know how to react. I
know quite a number of stories about
this old folklore. In my younger days
me and my cousins loved trading these stories at night and scaring each
other silly in the process. But to actually hear it from a grown up
pregnant young woman left me
dumbfounded. Could it be the
hormones, I asked myself. Because try
as I might, I just couldn't reconcile the
image of a tiktik atop a roof in the noisy metropolis. I'm not one for
tempting fate though, if she believed
she's experienced it then let's leave it
at that. I am not about to discount her
experience with my disbelief. So I went ahead and asked how she
could fight something like this and she
had a ready answer. Apparently, these
creatures cannot stand the smell of
garlic. Now every night she sleeps in a
garlic-laden bed and claims that its actually working. I got to suggesting
that she move to a high rise condo
and see if the tiktik could follow her
there. Filipino culture and history always had
a spot for ass but descriptions
vary in different regions of the
country, the tiktik is one of the more
popular varieties, along with the
"manananggal" a creature that becomes birdlike after spouting wings
while severing the upper part of its
body from the lower part. Ass
are said to live among the townsfolk
by day and are quite elusive. At night
they become creatures that crave for unborn fetuses and children going
after their heart, liver and entrails.
They are depicted in fiction as
beautiful people who turn into really
ugly monsters when they transform.
The weapons used by human beings to fight them include, garliic, buntot
pagi and the bundled palm leaves
(palaspas) waved by Catholics after
the Palm Sunday m to
commemorate Jesus' triumphant entry
to Jerusalem before his crucifixion. In Metro Manila and nearby provinces,
ass remain to be mytical beings
but if you travel further down south or
up north the myth becomes a rumor
and even further down or up the
rumors are believed to be true. This is one area though where science and
religion see eye to eye. Both sectors
scoff at the suggestion that ass
really exist. These stories are
attributed to the ignorance caused by
poverty or the mere simplemindedness of people in the
provinces. Again, not one for tempting
fate I accept my grandmother's advise
that one loses nothing when they
guard themselves against the most
ridiculous of supersious beliefs and I am all for that.


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