Aswang

A vampire of the Philippines, believed always to be a beautiful female by day and a fearsome flying fiend by night. The Aswang can live a normal life during daylight hours. At night however the creature is led to the houses of its victims by night birds called Kikik or Kakak.

Its nourishment is always blood, and it feeds using a long hollow thing tongue inserted through the cracks in the roofs of it’s prey’s houses. An aswang prefers to feed on children, but not those who sleep on the edge of mats. It always preys on those who sleep in the middle and supposedly announces this as it enters the abode.

The creature is recognized by its swollen form after feeding, it looks almost pregnant. Dawn marks the return of the aswang to it’s human form, possibly because of the sun or because it washes itself clean of the special ointment it uses each night to acquire it’s powers. If the Aswang licks a persons shadow it is believed that the person will die soon afterwards. It believed to be very unlucky to see the aswang under a house. Garlic rubbed under the armpits acts as a repellant.

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