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Batsquatch


The Batsquatch name is a combination of the words ‘bat’ and ‘sasquatch’. It is a flying cryptid similar to the Ahool and the Orang Bati of Southeast Asia.

Sightings occur near Mount Saint Helens. The first sighting was reported in April 1994. A man driving in Washington’s Pierce County pulled over just as his car broke down. He claimed the Batsquatch landed in front of him as he was fixing his car. He described the cryptid to be “human-like”. Other reportedly describes the Batsquatch to be a flying primate, standing 9 feet tall with a 20-30 feet wingspan. The fur is described to be blue, and it has yellow eyes, bird-like feet, and leathery wings similar to bats.

There are allegedly pictures of the Batsquatch taken by a local, but the pictures have never been professionally analyzed. The latest alleged sighting occurred in April 14, 2014 at Archbishop Hoban High School in Akron, OH when a spanish class witnessed a giant black mass flying by the window.

Source:

http://pararational.com/batsquatch/ 


Popobawa

The Bat Demon is famously known as the Popobawa. This bat-like cryptid was the center of a mass hysteria in 1995 that occurred from Pemba to Ungura, the main island of Zanzibar archipelago, across to Dar es Salaam and other urban centres on the East African coast. Despite its name, the Popobawa can metamorphose into different forms, including humans and other animals. Although they are nocturnal, a Popobawa can be seen in the daylight. The Popobawa is described to be associated with sulfurous odor, although that may not always be the case.

The Popobawa attacks families’ homes in the night. In addition to their indiscriminate desire to cause physical harm to all members of the family, the Popobawa can sexually assault adult men and women. In order to stop repeated attacks in the night, the victims must tell others of their assault.

In the height of the Popobawa panic in 1995, families would stay awake and huddle outside around an open fire with other families in the neighborhood to protect themselves.

Source:

http://www.zanzibar-travel-guide.com/bradt_guide.asp?bradt=1847

Banshee Ghost

The Banshee ghost originates from Ireland. She is dubbed to be the “Woman of the Barrows” and described to be a female spirit or female fairy. Some Irish families believe that the banshee can be born in their family. Her identity can be discovered when she wails in reaction to a family member’s death. Often times the banshee would wail even before the news of the death is announced or even if the family member is far away. Her wails are described to be so piercing that it would shatter glass. She disguises herself in various forms such as a hooded crow, stoat, hair, and weasel – animal associated with witchcraft in Ireland. In her normal form, the banshee dresses in white or gray dress, and often has long, pale hair with she brushes with a silver comb. Scholar Patricia Lysaght attributes to the confusion with local mermaid myths.

Earliest account of the banshee traces back to 1380 in the publication of Cathreim Thoirdhealbhaigh (Triumphs of Torlough) by Sean mac Craith. The banshees can also be found in Norman literature during that time. The latest alleged sighting was reported in 1948. Explanations of the banshees varies according to different regions. One theory is that the banshees are actually barn animals, specifically a barn owl, known for its chilling screech in the night.

Source:

http://www.amazon.com/Banshees-Werewolves-Vampires-Other-Creatures/dp/1578635470/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1426642971&sr=1-2&keywords=banshee

Ayia Napa Monster

The Ayia Napa Monster inhabits Ayia Napa and Cyprus, a popular tourist resort on the Mediterranean. Sightings often occur around Cape Greco.

Despite sightings describing the Ayia Napa Monster to appear fearsome, they are known by local fishermen as “To Filiko Teras”, or “The Friendly Monster” due to their nonviolence. Although they never caused harm to humans, they’ve been reported to have ripped away fishing nets from fishermen. Some sightings reportedly describes the Ayia Monster to be multi-headed, sea monster.

Not much else is known about the Ayia Napa Monster. The mysterious nature has intrigued locals and government officials. The hope of spotting the Ayia Napa Sea Monster has become part of the tourist attraction in Cape Greco

Source:

http://famagusta-gazette.com/cyprus-officials-search-for-mystery-monster-p6085-69.htm 

Aswang

The Aswang is a canine cryptid from the Philippines. The name derives from the Sanskrit words “shwan” and “ang” which means “dog” and “body” respectfully. The first sighting of the famous Aswang was in the 16th century. While most accounts describes the Aswang to be a female vampire, dog-like witch ghoul, its appearance and stories varies from region to region.

Spanish colonists noted that out of all mythical creatures of the Philippines, the Aswang is the most fearsome. Despite their terrifying nature, the Aswang can be befriended. Their human qualities, such as their ability to laugh, cry, be jealous, and angry, helps the Aswang and people become friendly to each other. The Aswang also spares their neighbors.

Traditional mythical vampires are harmed by sunlight. The Aswang are not, but their strength is significantly reduced in the daytime. Humans can use garlic and a cross to scare them away.

It is said that oils will boil if an Aswang is near.

Source:

http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/sim/sim/view/20081026-168528/Aswang-Aswang

 

Arica Monster

The Arica Monster is described to be a flightless dinosaur bird and said to be the largest surviving member of the dromaeosaurids. Most sightings are reported by motorists driving the main road linking Iquique and Arica. The last major sighting was in 2004 when a family was surrounded by a creature described to have “dog-like” face, with a kangoo-like body. Other sightings described the Arica Monster to be primitive dinosaur with a kangaroo face and an emu body.

The locals are divided in their opinion about the Arica Monster’s existence. Some locals believe the Atacama desert can barely support any type of animals, and that such creature doesn’t exist. Other locals say there are many possibilities that suggests that the Arica Monster is a surviving dinosaur.

 

Alux

The Alux is part of a mythological tradition of Mayan people from the Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala. They are pygmy spirits resembling the Mayans in traditional clothing. Although they are usually invisible to the human eye, they assume physical form to frighten people. The Alux legend is very similar to the Celtics leprechauns.

According to Mayan traditions, the Alux are called when farmers build a small home in his property in the maize field. After their arrival, they help the farmer for seven years doing farm work. After seven years, they are to be locked in the home by the farmer or else they will run wild playing tricks or even killing people.

The most recent sighting occurred in 2007 when a moderator of an anthropological group, Dan Gannon, reported a sighting during his travels in Yucatan. He described, “What looked like a human shoulder and arm, and a leg beneath it. It appeared to be a hominid, about 2 feet tall, with only the right side of the body just showing in the headlights. As the vehicle drew closer I could see without a doubt that it moved to more completely hide itself. After a few seconds of speechless amazement, I blurted out what I had seen. Unfortunately, our driver didn’t slow down since Mayans actually try to avoid Alux out of fear of being killed after encroaching into their territory. Later that night we were told that we were in the middle of a specific forested area where Alux are often reported.”

Source:

http://www.palancasa.com/aluxes.htm

Ahool

The Ahool is a mysterious giant bat creature that inhabits the Salek Mountains. The name comes from their cries. The first sighting of the Ahool was in 1925 when Dr. Ernest Bartels, a naturalist, was exploring a waterfall on Salek Mountains when a mysterious giant flew directly above his head. Two years later in 1927, Dr. Bartels encounters the creature again making a distinct cry above his hut near the Tjidjenkol River in western Java, “A hool!”. This sound later became the giant cryptid creature’s name.

The description of the Ahool portrays the giant creature to be a mutated bat with face like a monkey, giant-spanned wings similar to bats, and it has a dark body. Although its existence has never been proven, several sightings has since been reported. In 1967, a farmer in Moca sees a giant creature struggling on his land. Fearing what he was seeing, he fled and retreated to his home. The next morning, the creature was gone.

Sources:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/10/31/us-bats-idUSTRE49U09Q20081031

http://www.amazon.com/Mysterious-Creatures-Guide-Cryptozoology-Volume/dp/1576072835