The Manananggal is a mythical creature of the Philippines and is described as being an older, beautiful woman, capable of severing its upper torso using black magic 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 blood of an unsuspecting, sleeping victim. It resembles a Western vampire, in being an evil, man-eating monster or witch. It is described as being a hideous, scary vampire-like creature, 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. The severed lower torso is left standing, and it is said to be the more vulnerable of the two halves. Sprinkling salt or smearing crushed garlic or ash on top of the standing torso is fatal to the creature. The upper torso then would not be able to rejoin and will die at daybreak. Manananggal means "the one who separates itself" (in this case, separates itself from its lower body). The most prominent characteristic of a manananggal is its ability to dispatch its torso from its legs.
Ferdinand Knab, A Woman at the Fountain with Rising Moon - Private collection Date: 1866 Technique: Oil on canvas, 125.5 x 91 cm *Source*
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