6 Silagan are witches specific in Catanduanes an island province located in the

6 silagan are witches specific in catanduanes an

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6. Silagan - are witches specific in Catanduanes, an island province located in the Bicol region in Luzon who preys on anyone dressed in white by tearing out the liver and devouring it causing the victim's death. The name means "the hated one". 7. Magtatangal - is another kind of witch that separates her head from the body and appears at night similar to many mythological dark creatures across Southeast Asia such as the 'Kasu' of Laos and 'Ap' in Cambodia, Thailand's 'Krasue', 'Leyak' from Indonesia and more closely to 'Penanggal' in Malaysia. It is believed that the Devil carries the head to different places at night and returns it before morning, fully alive. At present, it is known as the creature called Manananggal, a detached female torso with huge talons preying on pregnant women using an elongated proboscis-like tongue. As it flies, it's entrails dangle below.
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California-based folklorist Hermenia Meñez in her 1991 paper titled, “The Viscera-Sucker and the Politics of Gender” states that the 'Manananggal'(self-segmenting viscera sucker) is "rarely known in upland Northern Luzon. More importantly, among these animists and their counterparts in the rest of the islands in Southeast Asia, the viscera sucker is not gendered and usually appears as a bird or a dog.” Two of the animals considered as the western witches' familiars. the manananggal the manananggal 8. Osuang - is a sorcerer that can fly and eat people and probably the most feared monster in Filipino folklore known in modern times as Aswang usually possessing a combination of the traits of either a vampire, a viscera sucker, a ghoul, a witch, or different species of werebeast, or even all of them together. There are various theories as to the origins of the term, one links it back to the ancient Bicolano diety known as Asuang: an evil god who stole the sacred fire of Mount Mayon from his brother Gugurang which sounds a lot like the myth of Prometheus in ancient Greek. He dwells inside Mount Malinao and would cause the people to suffer misfortunes and commit sins. He was a friend to the moon god Bulan, which is why he is considered nocturnal. The Spaniards also used the aswang myth to suppress political dissent. During those times, a lot of upheavals happened in the town of Capiz. Women led these attacks, usually at night, because they had no modern weapons. The Spaniards then told the natives that the women were evil, that they performed magical acts, and that these women were aswang. The natives avoided these women so they had no one to join their cause. Some historians claim that the origination of the word "Aswang" comes from "aso-wang", because most of the alleged form of this dark creature is a dog. 'Aso' is a tagalog word for dog, also connected to the Greek goddess of the witches, Hecate. But in Mindanao, the asuang (and similar beings) exist among many of the animist tribes, which had virtually no Catholic influence, yet did have influence from the Indianized areas.
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