Mythical FLYING HUMANOID of Southeast Asia.
Etymology: Itneg or Kalinga (Austronesian) word.
Variant names: Balbal (Tagbanwa/Austrone-sian), Manananggal.
PP'hysical description: Woman's face and body. Long tongue. Feathered neck. Wings. Curved nails. Scaly arms with talons. Toes and fingers are said to be reversed.
Behavior: Friendly but mischievous. Hangs batlike from a tree. Lives in a golden house. Said to raise foster human children. Habitat: Forests.
Distribution: Northern Luzon and Palawan Islands, Philippines.
Sources: Dean C. Worcester, The Philippine Islands and Their People (New York: Macmillan, 1899), p. 109; Fay-Cooper Cole, "Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folklore," Fieldiana: Anthropology 14, no. 1 (1915); Maria Leach, ed., Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend
(New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1949-1950), vol. 1, p. 33; Joe Nigg, A Guide to the Imaginary Birds of the World (Cambridge, Mass.: AppleWood, 1984), pp. 113-115; "The Manila Vampire," Fortean Times, no. 64 (AugustSeptember 1992): 11.
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