Aswangs and Vampires
I had never encountered such creatures in person, but it seems that I have a lot of ideas of what they look like and what they are capable of. I have seen them in different movies and each of them differs from the others. Some vampires would die under the sun so they only come out at night while others would glitter under it. My mother would tell me that aswangs feed on babies in their mothers’ wombs but some movies I have seen kills babies inside their mothers’ wombs. According to the stories I have heard and the movies I have watched, I conceptualize vampires as creatures with pale skin and sharp fangs and aswangs as silent and merciless creatures. Aswangs are soundless and merciless because they watch over pregnant women nurture their baby then kill then just kill the babies after they have been delivered. These creatures came from myths and legends but others would say that they have seen one or they have encountered such creatures. Aswangs and vampires truly are popular among as that even though we have not seen any we seem to know what it looks like and what it does. Just as what Tan wrote in his essay Dragons Among Us, people have a “boundless imagination.”
The Aswangs, as I know, originated in the Philippines. According to Tan’s essay ‘Aswang, Aswang!’, “Aswang is like a hybrid of Dracula and a local preternatural creature, the manananggal, which flies around with half a body.” Most of the movies I have seen even the stories I have heard from the people I know used this kind of concept of the Aswang. He also said in his essay that “urban [aswangs] are said to have a culinary preference for pregnant women and young children, again similar to the original aswang, which was said to feast on the liver and body fluids of the sick and newly deceased.” I have heard of aswangs preying on babies but eating the sick and a dead person is new to me. Aswangs are popular in rural areas. Logically, if aswangs were to hunt in urban areas then...
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