Posts tagged humanoid
Posts tagged humanoid
A Manananggal is the Filipino counterpart of the vampire.
The manananggal is “capable of severing its upper torso in order to fly into the night with huge bat-like wings to prey on unsuspecting, pregnant women in their homes; using an elongated proboscis-like tongue, it sucks the hearts of fetuses or the blood of an unsuspecting, sleeping victim. It is known to whip its hair in urban forests, causing hurricanes all over the globe. The severed lower torso is left standing, and it is said to be the more vulnerable of the two halves.”
“Akin na ang baby mo” = Your baby is mine!
More of my Filipino mythological creatures series:
Three mermaids, one of them showing posterior and front view. Coloured engraving, 1817.
Wellcome Library, London
Garuda, half human half eagle, is the messenger of the Hindu god Vishnu as well as the enemy of all snakes and snake-like creatures, for example the nagas.
A futakuchi-onna is characterized by two mouths – a normal one located on her face and second one on the back of the head. There, the woman’s skull splits apart, forming lips, teeth and a tongue, creating an entirely functional second mouth.
The soon-to-be futakuchi-onna is usually a wife of a miser and rarely eats. To counteract this, a second mouth mysteriously appears on the back of the woman’s head. It often mumbles spiteful and threatening things to the woman and demands food. If it is not fed, it can screech obscenely and cause the woman tremendous pain. Eventually, the woman’s hair begins to move like a pair of serpents, allowing the mouth to help itself to the woman’s meals.
(picture source: Ehon Hyaku Monogatari, 1841)
did you know:
during the Middle Ages traveling was very laborious and thus, not many people ever got to see other countries, let alone continents. Instead, they imagined what humans in faraway places might look like (exaggerated reports from travellers probably helped)
This picture by Sebastian Münster shows a member of the Blemmyes tribe, some people believed they were also cannibals, Shakespeare writes about them in Othello: And of the Cannibals that each other eat, The Anthropophagi, and men whose heads Do grow beneath their shoulders.
Harpies in the infernal wood, from InfernoXIII, by Gustave Doré, 1861
A harpy in Ulisse Aldrovandi’s Monstrorum Historia, Bologna, 1642
Heres that famous photo/film of a supposed Bigfoot..