Sigbin is by many crypto zoologist classifications both a designated crypto and a mythological creature of the Philippines. Its appearance is often described to be similar to the Chupacabra and dreaded Tasmanian devil, though often described like resembling fat he goats in the face although they are often covered with long coarse red black or orange spotty fur. It supposedly has a wide gaping mouth with large fang like protruding teeth and the mouth or lips never actually close fully so the yellow teeth are always exposed in an evil grimace. Descriptions of it's body vary some liken it to be a kangaroo like creature others say it is long and willowy. Also that is usually a lifelong partner or beloved pet of the Vampire Creature creature known as the aswang.
On January 11, 2008, a sighting was reported at the province of Capiz in the Philippines. Some of the residents from the barangay believed that it was the legendry Philippine chupacabras that killed the poor mans eight chickens. The owner of the chickens saw a strange dog-like animal that stood on two legs like a kangaroo attacking his chickens and reported it to authorities. And many of his neighbors when questioned by authorities and news men just shook their heads knowing the work of the Sigbin was afoot once more.
Three days later in a massive hunt down, They found what they believed was the corpse of the chupacabra decaying.
According to Cebu legends, there are families known as Sigbinan ("those who own Sigbin") whose members possess the power to command these creatures, and are said to keep the Sigbin in jars made of clay. The Aswang are said to keep them as pets, along with another mythical creature, a bird known as the Wak Wak.
A owned Sigbin is said to bring wealth and great good luck to its owners. For this reason, some people in the Philippines believe that many successful powerful businessmen, celebrities and political candidates come from Sigbinan owner families. Woman who own them are said to stay beautiful well into their senior years. Many rumors have circulated over the years and are told that Imelda R. Marcos (born Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romualdez on July 2, 1929) a Filipino politician and widow of 10th Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos or he had one in their possession at one time.
In the Philippines, another legendary creature called the Sigbin shares many of the same attributes, traits and exacting descriptions as the Caribbean and American Chupacabra. Though tales of this monster blood sucker date back many many generations unlike its contemporary counterparts.
The Sigbin or Sigben is a very blood thirsty creature spoken of in Philippine mythology. It is told by locals that the monster only comes out at night to suck the blood of victims from their shadows. It does not attack the person or animal directly. For the blood or soul that is taken from the shadow the victim never shows any signs of attack other then two or three puncture marks where the blood is drawn from. The Sigbin is said to attack goats, chickens, pigs and dogs but enjoys the fresh blood of infants and old people more so.
Residents in the towns of Ibajay and Batan blame Aswang behind the attacks, killed and suck their animals' blood dry by ripping, open the bodies with sharp fangs. Many believe also that it might have been the work of her Sigbin sent out to do the deed since aswangs usually only attack living people.
Though local residents refuse to speak openly about the alleged aswang attacks on their animals particularly but unconfirmed reports revealed that the dead animals were mangled beyond recognition.
Filipino folks believe an aswang is a person who can supernaturally transform his or her body into a black dog or any dark animal at night, and attack on its prey with fangs and sucking the blood dry, and rips the victim's body and eats the heart and liver.
Based on the latest attacks in Aklan, locals say the culprit could be an aswang or sigbin transformed into a black dog but based on this description, a supernatural animal creature locally called sigbin or chupacabra (goat sucker) in Mexico could also be behind the attacks.
Nevertheless, an aswang could really did the attacks because personally, a self-confessed aswang admitted he attacks animals and eat the organs to divert his hunger on human flesh.
It is believe that during the day these creature are put away stored in a large bottle, jar or banga, a large or small clay pot. The procedure is very similar to voodoos keeping ghosts, demons, spirit or zombies in bottles. It is only released at night to do the witch or aswangs business.
Internationally this creature might also be known as a type of “chupacabra or chupakabra”. It is believed that this creature will suck the blood dry of its victim. Actually, many are claiming of this existence of this creature but nobody has ever given a concrete evidence that this animal or unknown creature really exists. Stories of old folks on this myth are usually found in the Visayas part of the Philippines, specifically Cebuano’s have a lot of stories about this creatures habits and actions still surface today. The encounters and often frequent sightings are not uncommon in the region or provinces in Cebu still today.
It is said at times to walk backwards with its head lowered between its hind legs, and to have the ability to become invisible to other creatures, especially humans. It resembles more so a hornless goat with large never blinking red eyes. They have extra large ears which it can clap like a pair of hands and a long, flexible tail that can be used as a whip. The Sigbin is said to emit a nauseating odor that smells like a rotting corpse and burning hair and foul feces. This stench or disgusting odor is often a sign that it has marked it's territory or the home of it's next unsuspecting victims.
They're suppose to look like dogs but most of the time, they can become invisible at will and will hide in a persons household for many years studying their victims habits and family rituals. Because they can and will remain invisible many tell tales of Sigbin ghosts though the stories of such ghost creatures are rare. The sigbin is said not be immortal though and can be killed using special magical charms.
As true vampiric creatures they are said to be able to suck the blood out of people and with one painful bite to the person or in many cases by sucking on their cast shadows. If you survive the nip or small bite of the creature it means it has marked you for certain death in the following months or days to come. Certainly a sure sign is the appearance of three tiny marks usually on the neck upper thighs, wrists, ankles and fee. The accursed mark as many report would turn dark yellow or purple and ooze pus. If you happen to se the creature walking ahead of you on a street or in a cemetery it won't harm you if you say a prayer and make the sign of the cross 13 times, but if you're walking and it is behind you their is no salvation or chance for escape, it will certainly harm you or mark you with a scratch or bite you and drink your blood or do both.
Some families will actually seek out an aswang and buy these monsters as small pups. They will harbor them because they do their owners sole bidding. They can even be loyal to a person singularly or an entire family line because they're described in nature kind of like dogs in that respect. Because they are true shape shifters they might live in a house hold pretending to be a rich persons silent servant or a relative. because of the ability it has to turn into what ever it desires or is commanded to by it's owner it is probably even more so compared to the werewolves, wendigo, or a shape shifter of the Western myths. The creature in human form is always identifiable because they are mute and will only make a sound that comes across as a whistle. Though it has the power to shape shift in to human or animal form at will. The creature many will tell you can also turn into an insect or even inanimate objects to hunt it's prey or to go undetected when living with humans. Also, harboring or owning one of them would mean you getting very rich. For some unspoken reason the creature is said to attract great amounts of wealth, fame and good luck to those that bind this monster to them ritually each year. In the province in Cebu many will state that the sigbin can be made docile and acts much like a pet cat or dog if given a bowl of holy water to drink on the first Sunday of Lent or Christmas day when you first find or capture a wild one.
The diet of this creature when kept or to keep it bound as a magical familiar or pet are said to be very simple and the most powerful tool of keeping it under one's sole control. One on a daily basis might feed it on house hold rubbish and food scraps mixed well with charcoal and they will or can survive on a diet of paper with the names of your enemies written upon them as well. Feeding it pages from the Bible or holy cards each year during holy week assures that the monster will be you ever attending slave for a full year. Ashes from Palm Sunday palms are said to make the wild Sigben go into a coma or deep sleep for a year. Though there are warnings of what not to feed the creature. Never feed it a unblessed rosary, a dead persons worn clothing or human hair. If you do this it will certainly revert to it's once evil monstrous wild ways and devour the owner on the spot, and also their entire family line in a day and a night now matter where they live in the world. Many say this applies to cousins aunts and uncles no matter how close or distantly related.
The Sigbin in some old tales will actually dig up the recently buried dead and gnaw on their bones and leave them or a corpses head on the family's door step. This many will say only just occurs if the family in some way has offended the creature or fed it the wrong food to maintain control over it or an evil Aswang seeks their personal revenge upon you. By dispatching their Sigben to do such deeds the aswang may wreck havoc on the living descendents of the original person who did the dirty deed that offended them many generations prior. Some tales that were told to me by my mother will tell of the creature coming into the lives of family under the control of an aswang staying docile for several generations until the witch is ready to exact her revenge. This is to say that this creature is never 100% trustworthy unless you capture it personally when when it is very young.
Wild young Sigbin pups are believed to come forth from their mothers dens or hidden in large tree lairs during Holy Week each year, looking for children that it will kill for their hearts, brains and genitalia from which the witch or aswang fashions into amulets. This many say is the best time to set out bowls of holy water mixed with chicken feathers and blood if you wish to capture the best to have as your own. You must ad 13 drops of your own blood to the mixture and 13 drops of your own urine. This is what many believe that will bind a Sigbin to you until the day you die.
In the Eastern Visayas the Sigbin are also known as the Amamayong. It looks like a huge, grown-up carabao. The carabao (Filipino: kalabaw; Malay: kerbau) or Bubalus bubalis carabanesis is a domesticated subspecies of the water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) found in the Philippines, Guam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and various parts of Southeast Asia. Carabaos are associated with farmers, being the farm animal of choice for pulling both a plow and the cart used to haul produce to the market. But this monster bears no horns. Instead- it has two drooping ears almost touching the ground. some say it is reptile like and is a four-footed serpent that can jump over tall trees and buildings.
With the recent discovery in the island of Borneo of the cat-fox, a potential new species of carnivore described as having hind legs that are lower than its front legs, it has been postulated that reported sightings of Sigbin may actually be sightings of a member or relative of the cat-fox species.
Many often confuse the Sigben with the Wakwak this is a vampiric, bird-like creature in Philippine mythology or said to be a witch. It is said to snatch humans at night as prey, similar to the Manananggal and the Ekek in rural areas of the Philippines, due to its ability to fly. The difference between the Mananggal and the Wakwak is that Wakwak cannot separate its torso from its body while the Manananggal can. Some believe it is also a form a vampire takes. Other people contend that a "Wakwak" is a Philippine night bird belonging to a witch. The sound of a Wakwak is usually associated with the presence of an Unglu (vampire) or Ungo (ghost or monster). It is also believed that this monster is called "Wakwak" due to this sound it makes when it flaps its wings while flying. When one hears the Wakwak, it is looking for possible victims. If the sound of the Wakwak is loud, it means it is far from you. Otherwise, it is near and worse yet, it is about to attack. It slashes and mutilates its victims and feeds on their hearts.
Many animals or often found dead completely drained of all their life's blood in Cebu and the first thoughts expressed is that a Sigbin is at work. Be it a wild one on the loose or one sent to destroy another families livestock by an evil aswang.
To kill or dispatch the creature some use a mixture of holy water and common salt. Prayers and religious artifacts placed near livestock is believed to ward the creature off. Salt may cause the creature to freeze in it's tracks but alone it will not kill it. Cutting off it's head and setting fire to it's body might work but the head must be taken to a witch or aswang to do the final deadly deed.
If the creature is severely wounded by a person their life is surely marked it is believed the creature will not die until it exacts its personal revenge on the person who did it and their entire family line. the creature might take years and years to die and will travel the world seeking out it's killers family no matter how distant of a relative. So is told the many sigbin stories passed down to me in my family.
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