The Existence of Supernatural Creatures: Fact or Fiction

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The Existence of Supernatural Creatures: Fact or Fiction

Submitted by:
Inah Louise M. Livara
Pamela Ann B. Peleo

Submitted to:
Miss Mary Ann M. Cagaanan

Submitted this:
March 15, 2012

Chapter I: Problem and it’s Setting

Introduction

Statement of the Problem
It is the purpose of this research to determine the truth or fallacy behind the existence of supernatural creatures. Specifically, it aims to answer the following questions: 1) Give interesting facts about supernatural creatures.

2) Narrate stories about people who witnessed the existence of supernatural creatures. 3) How have people been affected by the stories of supernatural creatures. 4) Is supernatural creatures a fact or fiction? Prove.

5) How have the stories of supernatural creatures contributed to the richness of Philippine culture?

Importance of the study
This research paper is important because of the following considerations. 1) It will help the students to know the faces behind supernatural creatures. 2) It will also help people to know if supernatural creatures is a fact or fiction. 3) It will also help the people to be aware of the existence of supernatural creatures.

Scope and Limitations
This research paper focuses on the history of supernatural creatures, the beliefs of people in this creatures. It will also show different kinds and pictures of supernatural creatures.

Chapter II: Review of the Related Literature

Philippines is not new when dealing with vampires, werewolves and among others, but the monsters that you would know in this article are more feared. Some say that it is just a folklore, just like what other countries thought about it, but it is not. Many Filipinos have experienced battling with these monsters, especially in the remote towns in the Philippines where there is no electricity. This article would surely open your minds to the world of supernatural creatures, which western people would say "arent real!". In the Philippines they are lurking and waiting for you to be their next meal.

Aswang
Aswangs are shapeshifters. They are human-like by day but transform into different monstrous forms to harass and eat awake humans at night, especially pregnant women who are about to give birth. Aswangs can change from a human to an animal form, usually as a bat, a pig or a black dog. Some aswangs can change form at will, others through the use of foul oils concocted by evil magicians. Aswangs appear at night to prey upon unwary travellers or sleeping people. It is said that they have a peculiar liking for the taste of human liver. The myth of the Aswang is popular in the Visayas, especially in provinces such as Capiz, Antique, and Iloilo. Aswangs also have a peculiar liking for the fetus of pregnant women and are said to find their quarry by the scent of the mother, which to the aswang smells like ripe jackfruit. Upon finding the house of the pregnant mother, the aswang alights on the roof from where it stretches its tongue until it is as thin as a thread and uses it to enter the womb and feast on the fetus. Definitions

"Aswang" is a generic generic term applied to all types of witches, vampires, manananggals, shapeshifters, therianthropes and monsters. The original definition is an eater of the dead, also called the bal-bal (maninilong in Catanauan, Quezon), which replaces the cadaver with banana trunks after consumption. Aswang stories and definitions vary greatly from region to region and person to person, and no particular set of characteristics can be ascribed to the term. However, the term is most used interchangeably with manananggal and are said to be female in gender.

Superstitions
Before modern medicine and science, aswangs served to explain miscarriages and other maladies. Today, aside from entertainment value, Filipino mothers often tell their children aswang stories to keep them off the streets and keep them home at night. Like UFO stories, aswang stories are...
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