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Philippine Mythical Creature
Bal Bal is a scavenger-monster with a voracious appetite for dead human bodies.Also known as maninilong among the natives of Catanauan, Quezon.
Bal-Bal was also associated to Aswang, Amalanhig, and even to Busaw, which were all flesh eaters.
Things the Balbal do:
They were classified to one of the most fearful creatures in the Philippines because of their appearance.
They were even described and compared to the vampire of the western continents.
With a long, razor-sharp claws and a sense of smell that may be 10x more sensitive than dogs’, Bal Bal easily find its next meal on cemeteries and even funerals.
Since it eats nothing but corpses, it has a foul breath.
The oldest surviving literature that mention ghouls is in Arabic literature One Thousand and One Nights, wherein a story of a man who married a woman as the man observe the strange activity of his wife, he then
Bal Bal also have a unique power of hypnosis that is used to make people (i.e. those in the funeral) sleep while the monster feeds on its prey.
Once this monster has spotted and eaten the corpse, it will leave the trunk of a banana tree in the coffin creating an illusion of the stolen body to trick people.
follows his wife one night to which lead him to the cemetery and shocked to find out his wife is a ghoul and feasting on a newly dead corpse.
The word ghoul itself is from the Arabic word ghul which means "to seize". the female form is called ghouleh, the term sometimes used by the Arabs colloquially to describe a selfish or greedy person.
Did you know that Balbal is considered as a lesser-known mythical creatures in Philippine folklore.