Halloween is the one day of the year where kids and adults can roam the streets dressed up as monsters, ghouls and whatnot. But there are other frightening creatures beyond the usual ghosts, vampires and zombies. So, in light of Halloween, I thought I’d do something different for today’s post and give focus to the lesser known mythical fiends. Grab a chair, sit back and be prepared for a frightening read. You may even get an inspiration for your Halloween costume next year. (Warning: Some descriptions and images may be upsetting for some.)
First on the list is the Aswang. An Aswang is a shapeshifting monster from Filipino folklore, said to appear human during the day and transforms into either a wild boar or a black dog at night. It can also shapeshift into a black cat or a black bird. An Aswang eats human hearts or if it’s a Tik-Tik, a variation of Aswang, it also sucks fetuses from a sleeping pregnant woman’s womb.
A Wendigo (or Windigo) is a cannibal monster or demon that comes from Native American folklore. It is usually depicted as having a man-like body with a head of a deer, abnormally thin and gaunt in appearance while characteristically described as evil and having insatiable hunger for human flesh.
The chupacabra, which in Spanish literally means “goat-sucker,” hails from American legends and more commonly known across Latin American regions. Wikipedia described chupacabras as “a reptile-like creature, said to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back. It is said to be approximately 3 to 4 feet high, and stands and hops in a fashion similar to that of a kangaroo.” Chupacabra reportedly eats farm animals like chickens and goats as well as rabbits and cats. There were reports of chupacabra sightings in Puerto Rico in the 1990s where livestock were found dead and drained of blood. Eep!
A banshee is a female spirit appointed to forewarn family members of an impending death in Irish Folklore. They can appear as either young or old, either beautiful or a disheveled hag. Apparently, a banshee warns by means of a piercing shriek or cry.
And that’s it. I don’t think I can do a post like this more than once a year though. I’m more into the fun and cute Halloween kind like these printables here. So, what are your plans for tomorrow? Regardless what they may be, I hope you all have a fun night! Happy Halloween!