WITCHES - WITCHES of the PHILIPPINES Historical Classification from 1589 The seventh was called MAGTATANGAL and his purpose was to show himself at night

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WITCHES of the PHILIPPINES – Historical Classification from 1589 The seventh was called MAGTATANGAL, and his purpose was to show himself at night to many persons, without his head or entrails. Juan de Plasencia spent most of his missionary life in the Philippines, where he founded numerous towns in Luzon and authored several religious and linguistic books, most notably, the Doctrina Cristiana (Christian Doctrine), the first book ever printed in the Philippines. Among his various documentations is a classification of witches he authored in 1589. While many “distinctions of the devil” are similar to what is known today, one can’t help but notice the lack of engkantos. Is this because of Plasencia’s Catholic mindset, or did creatures like the Tikbalang, Kapre, and Tiyanak evolve after the arrival of the Spanish? It is quite possible that Plasencia’s documentation only scratched the surface and that belief in other creatures existed long before his arrival. What can’t be disputed is that some of these creatures evolved into what we know today after his arrival. The obvious example is the Manananggal. Below is a 2 and half minute video showing this evolution. Excerpt from: CUSTOMS OF THE TAGALOGS by Juan de Plasencia, O.S.F. From: The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898. Volume 7, 1588-1591 The distinctions made among the priests of the devil were as follows:
The first , called CATOLONAN, as above stated, was either a man or a woman. This office was an honorable one among the natives, and was held

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