Occupation: Civil Engineer
Residence: Hawaii/Los Angeles
Date of Performance/Collection: April 26, 2017
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Tagalog
The 21-year-old informant was born in the Philippines, but moved to the U.S. at the age of 9. As ghosts and other mythical creatures play a large role in Filipino culture, the informant recounts personal stories and myths that she encountered during her time in the Philippines.
Informant: “I remember hearing about this when I was little… It’s one of the most common Filipino monsters. They’re shape-shifters who are human by day, and then at night, turn into a bat.
Collector: “What’s it called?”
I: “Aswang. A-s-w-a-n-g. Uhm, what I’ve heard about them is they like to go to pregnant womens’ homes, like right on top of where their room is, and just like, eat their child from there.”
C: “Do they turn into a bat when they do it?”
I: “Yeah they turn into a bat. It’s like half-woman, half-bat, and they go after babies.”