It scares children into coming home before dark, and gives even the toughest-looking grown-up the shivers. It can be blamed for anything and everything that seems wrong – from strange neighbors to mysterious murders. It’s the personification of all things evil.
There are varying opinions on what it looks like, or even what it is, exactly. But millions believe it exists. Almost everyone in the country has an aswang story to tell.
The aswang can turn into a big dog or pig. It can sever its upper body and fly away, leaving its lower half on the ground. It has an extremely long tongue, all the better to suck a baby from the mother’s womb.
In the Philippines, the existence of this supernatural creature is often taken for granted. Little kids are warned by their parents to stay inside, or else the aswang will get them. Read more