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25 Aswang Mannananggal

25 Aswang Mannananggal Asrapas (AS- rap- ahs) Variations: Asra Pa, DAKIN The female attendants of the goddess KALI are collectively known as asrapas. Source: Blavatsky, Theosophical Glossary, 95; Dowson, Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology, 255; Shastri, Ancient Indian Tradition, 143 Astral Vampire An astral vampire is a vampiric spirit or a vampiric thought form. Through a magical ceremony, a sorcerer may create an astral vampire from a newly deceased corpse. Another way to create an astral vampire is to practice a specific type of psychic vampirism during life so that as death nears, the spirit may slip from the body and enter into the astral plane. There it continues to exist, moving nightly between planes in order consume human blood. Signs of attack are that the victim feels weak and overly tired. Source: Belanger, Psychic Vampire Codex, 270; Denning, Practical Guide to Psychic Self- Defense, 235; Slate, Psychic Vampires, 3, 20, 22, 50–53, 55–57 Aswang (Az- wang) Aswang, the Tagalog word for “dog,” is applied to anything and everything that is considered a vampire. There are six different types of aswang vampires, the ASWANG MANDURUGO, ASWANG MAN- NANANGGAL, ASWANG SHAPE- SHIFTER, ASWANG TIK- TIK, ASWANG TIYANAK, ASWANG WITCH, and the TANGGAL. Source: Cannell, Power and Intimacy, 144–45, 277; Hufford, Terror That Comes, 236–37; Ramos, Aswang Syncrasy, 39 Aswang Festival In the Philippines, Roxas City in the Capiz province was the location of Dugo Capiznon Inc.’s annual Aswang Festival. A citywide event attracting tourists with its local seafood, parades, dancing, and fancy dress ball, the primary purpose of the event was to dispel the myth of the aswang. Roxas City has long been a haven for aswangs, as well as witches and warlocks. The two- day pre–Halloween celebration was not appreciated or encouraged by the local Catholic churches. Source: Guerrero, Stun of Islands, 67; Lopez, Handbook of Philippine Festivals, 146, 227 Aswang Mandurugo (AZ- wang Mandoor- roo- go) Variations: DANAG, Mandragore In the Philippines, the Capiz province is known as a haven for witches and for a species of elusive demonic vampires known as the aswang mandurugo. It appears as a beautiful woman by day, but at night its true form, that of a monstrous winged being, is revealed. When it can, it will marry a man to ensure it has a constant supply of blood. It will “kiss” the sustenance it needs nightly from its husband prey by inserting its barbed tongue into the victim’s mouth and draining off the blood it needs. The only symptom that the husband may present is a gradual and unexplainable weight loss. There is no test or discernable way to ascertain beforehand if a bride- to- be is an aswang mandurugo, but a preventative measure may be taken. If you sleep with a knife under your pillow at night, you may awake in time to witness your attacker. If you are fast enough to draw the knife and stab the vampire in the heart, it will be destroyed. Source: Curran, Vampires, 35–44; Lopez, Handbook of Philippine Folklore, 227; Ramos, Aswang Syncrasy, 3; University of San Carlos, Philippine Quarterly, vol. 10–11, 213 Aswang Mannananggal (AZ- wang Man- ah- non-gil) Variations: Manananggal, Mannannagel This VAMPIRIC WITCH gets its name from a derivative of the Tagalog word TANGGAL, which means “to separate.” Rather unique for a vampire, this creature creates more of its own kind by tricking a woman into drinking the cooked blood of another person. Once the victim has been converted and transformed, the creature will look like a typical woman with long HAIR, but on nights of the full moon it will transform into its true form. Sprouting large, leathery, batlike wings with long clawed hands and a maw full of fanged teeth, the aswang mannananggal rips its upper body away from its lower and takes flight to hunt out its prey—unborn children from their mother’s womb. Should it not be able to find a suitable meal, it will temporarily sate its appetite by dining on human entrails. Like the ASEMA and the ASIMAN who can remove the skin from their bodies, and the PENANGGLAN who can also separate its body, the aswang mannananggal is also only vulnerable when it is separated. The only way to destroy this vampire is to find where its lower body is hidden and rub it with GARLIC or SALT, which will destroy it. When the upper and otherwise invulnerable half returns at dawn to rejoin itself, it will be unable to. When the sun rises, the upper half will revert to its human form and die.

Aswang Shape-Shifter 26 Source: Alip, Political and Cultural History, 77–78; Garcia, Philippine Gay Culture, 176–77, 179; McAndrew, People of Power, 92; Ramos, Creatures of Philippine, 15, 130 Aswang Shape- Shifter Variations: Ungo This species of ASWANG is found throughout the Philippines. It can look either male or female but typically appears as an old woman with bloodshot eyes, long black HAIR, and a long black tongue. A sorcerer can decide to become this vampiric creature by performing a magical ceremony, but should he ever decide to convert someone against his will, all the vampire would have to do is simply blow down the person’s back. Fortunately, there is a type of healer called a mananambal who knows how to brew a potion that will restore an ASWANG that was an unwilling convert. Naturally the vampire will resist, so the potion will have to be forcibly poured down its throat. The ASWANG will immediately begin to vomit up all sorts of weird things, like an egg or a live bird. When the purging has stopped, the victim is cured. Sadly, the willing sorcerer cannot be saved. This species of ASWANG is particularly cruel, not because it preys on women, children, and those who are ill, but because of its hunting methods. Once the aswang shape- shifter has selected its prey, it may decide to attack while the victim is asleep. If so, it will emit a strong odor that will paralyze the person, in case he wakes up. Otherwise, the aswang will stalk and physically overpower him. In either case, once it has its prey, it will create a replica of its victim out of banana leaves, grass, and sticks. Then, using its magic, the vampire animates the facsimile. Over the course of the next few days, the replacement will become sick and die. The only way to tell if the sick person is in fact a person is to look closely into their eyes. If one can see one’s reflection there, it is the actual person. However, if the reflection is upside- down, it is the animated replacement. In the meantime, the aswang has returned to its lair with its captive. Taking its time, the vampire slowly and torturously consumes its food. It is particularly fond of the liver. The aswang shape- shifter is so named because of its amazing transformation abilities. It can change to look not only like any animal or person, but also like inanimate objects as well. It is possible to detect if this aswang is near, but it requires brewing a very complex oil that can only be made on Good Friday. When the vampire is near, the oil will begin to boil. As if this vampire did not have enough predatory advantages, it can also fly due to an oily substance that is secreted through glands in its armpits. Source: Buenconsejo, Songs and Gifts, 92; Woods, Philippines, 28–29 Aswang Tik- Tik (AZ- wang TICK TICK) This species of aswang from the Philippines gets its name from the small owl that accompanies it. The owl will make a cry of alarm that sounds like “tik- tik,” alerting a potential sleeping victim. This aswang only hunts at night when it shape- shifts from its human guise into that of a bird. It flies to the house of its intended victim, usually a child, and perches on the roof directly over the spot where its prey lies sleeping. Then it sends its long, thin, tubelike tongue into the house. Using a barb on the end of its tongue, it pierces a small hole in the flesh and sips up its meal. When the vampire has finished eating, the breasts of its bird form will be large and swollen with blood. It then flies back to its home where it will breastfeed its own children. In some tellings of the myth, rather than shape- shifting into a bird, the aswang tik- tik maintains its human appearance while hunting and feeding. Rather than looking like a bird with plump breasts, it looks like a pregnant woman. If this species of aswang licks the shadow of a person, he will die. Source: Curran, Vampires, 37; Ramo, Creatures of Philippine, 28, 66, 118; Roces, Culture Shock, 214; Serag, Remnants of the Great Ilonggo, 60 Aswang Tiyanak (AZ- wang TEA- ya- nak) Variations: Anak Ni Janice, Tyanak This vampiric demon from the Philippines is the offspring between a woman and a demon, but it can also come into being when a child dies without having been baptized. Another way an aswang tiyanak can be created happens when a mother aborts a fetus. In this instance, it springs into life and brings nothing but hardship and misery to the woman who should have been its mother. The aswang tiyanak is described as having red skin, no HAIR, and glowing red eyes. It hunts women by shape- shifting into an adorable baby and placing itself somewhere it will be found. When it is discovered, the aswang tiyanak waits until it has been taken home. Then when its would- be rescuer is asleep, the vampire will assume its true form and attack, draining the victim dry of blood.

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