Posts tagged monster
Posts tagged monster
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:
Seen here is one of the probably better known mythological creatures, the manticore.
Pausanias writes about them: The beast described by Ctesias in his Indian history, which he says is called martichoras by the Indians and “man-eater” by the Greeks, I am inclined to think is the tiger. But that it has three rows of teeth along each jaw and spikes at the tip of its tail with which it defends itself at close quarters, while it hurls them like an archer’s arrows at more distant enemies
(picture source: Liber de proprietatibus animalium, 16th century)
Tiamat is a gigantic dragon, representing Chaos and the saltwater ocean.
According to an epic Babylonian poem the decendants of Tiamat and Apsu became irritating, so Tiamat proposed that they kill their own offspring. Ea (a water deity) discovered these plans and killed Apsu while he was sleeping.
Tiamat then created an army of monsters to avenge the death of Apsu. Marduk led the gods against them and defeated Tiamat, cutting her body in half. From the upper half, Marduk created the sky, and from the lower half, the earth.
The Papstesel (literally “Pope Ass”), is from Italy. This beast has the body of a scaly woman with: the head of an ass, one arm that resembled an elephant’s trunk, one clawed foot, one hoofed foot, a snake for a tail, and the image of bearded man on her back. The religious reformer, Martin Luther, used the creature to draw attention to the corruption of the papacy.
This is Krampus, the lengends says that Krampus accompanies Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children,.