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A Shapeshifter


This is my cousin's story, which she had experienced a few weeks after giving birth to her daughter in the late 1990s.

Back in the 90s, our neighbourhood is known to be home to an aswang or a shapeshifter and they lived about two blocks away from us. Finally, in the late 2000s, they relocated to a different location within the same region.

Me and my cousin are neighbours, and their house is located beneath a massive old tamarind tree. Just a few meters under the tamarind tree, the next house belongs to another family (we're not related). We resided in a development area where houses were barely meters apart. Her house's walls are constructed of wood, and the roof is made of galvanised steel.

One cold early morning around three 'o clock, my cousin's baby daughter was crying loudly, and my cousin couldn't get her to stop. She typically carries her to keep her calm, but she couldn't stop wailing this time. Our other neighbour beside them, who was awakened by the baby's wail, opened their wooden bedroom window. He saw something unusual on the roof but couldn't make out what it was because it was dark. After a few seconds, he is eventually able to determine what it was. He noticed a large chicken by the shape of it, the size of an ostrich, with luminous eyes on the roof of my cousin's house. He stopped for a few seconds before taking his flashlight and pointing it towards the thing. The large bird fled away before he could get a good look at it and the infant stopped wailing a few minutes later.

Later that day, our neighbour informed my cousin of what he had seen and advised her to install a light source on the roof. My cousin followed the suggestion, and her kid hasn't cried at night since.

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LFrog1386 (1 stories) (73 posts)
1 year ago (2022-11-27)
From my understanding of what an aswang is, it's generally considered a female spirit who has died in childbirth and comes back to steal either babies or fetuses from pregnant mothers. In this instance it would seem that the aswang might have been trying to steal the baby, presumably to eat it. 😕
Rajine (14 stories) (757 posts)
1 year ago (2022-10-28)
Hi again no_name_face

Babies can sense when evil is around, and I believe that the reason why certain types of entities are attracted to children is that they are still innocent and pure and these entities try to take over them at a young age.
no_name_face (2 stories) (4 posts)
1 year ago (2022-10-16)
Hey Rajine,

Thankfully, I have never experienced these events. I believe that in our nation, the term "Aswang" refers to shape-shifters, weredogs, ghouls, etc.

I think it was born out of Philippines folklore.

It's possible that these evil entities are doing something specifically to unnerve the babies, or perhaps babies can sense evil when it's present.
Rajine (14 stories) (757 posts)
1 year ago (2022-10-13)
Hi no_name_face

I'm sure that must have been a horrible experience for everyone involved, was it an aswang or a shape-shifter? Or are they both the same thing? And if you can explain what exactly is an aswang and how did it come into creation, cultures around the world say that babies and children under 13 can sense out worldly things.

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