ASWANG: Different Types of This Mythical Monster in the Philippines

ASWANG – Here are the different types of this mythical monster in the Philippines that you may not be familiar with.

Aswang stands out as both fascinating and dangerous in the rich history of Philippine folklore. This fabled entity has captivated Filipinos’ imaginations for years, with stories ranging from spine-chilling horror to cautionary folklore.

They are predominantly creatures of the night, emerging from the shadows after sunset. They are known for their ability to transform into animals, which allows them to move stealthily. Pregnant women and their unborn children are particularly vulnerable to aswang attacks.


The word “aswang” is derived from the Sanskrit word “asura,” which means demon or evil spirit. The concept of the aswang predates the arrival of Spanish colonizers in the Philippines, with roots in indigenous animistic beliefs.

These beliefs became linked with parts of Catholicism and other cultural influences over time, resulting in the broad legend we know today.

This shape-shifting creature is capable of assuming various forms to deceive and terrorize its victims. While the aswang’s appearance and behavior can vary from one region to another.


Filipinos performs various protective measures, such as hanging garlic, scattering salt, and placing brooms by doors in an attempt to ward off these terrifying creatures. These rituals are believed to repel these monsters.

Here are the common types of aswang:

Yanggaw and Kalibonan

The “Yanggaw” is often associated with new converts to aswang-ism, while “Kalibonan” refers to the elder aswangs who have mastered their dark arts.


These aswangs live as ordinary people during the day and transform into animals like dogs, cats, or pigs at night.


This type of aswang exclusively feeds on swine, sparing humans from their insatiable hunger.


Known for their seductive abilities, “Mandarangkal” lure men to become their victims.


With long hair used as a deadly weapon, the “Kubot” strangles its prey.

Aswang na Gala

These aswangs seek out sick individuals to satisfy their hunger.

Agalon Hayopan

Using crocodiles, the “Agalon Hayopan” hunts humans, while the “Tigabulak” kidnaps children and hides them in sacks on their backs.

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