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.
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.
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.”
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.