Tikbalang by xteverinus


by xteverinus in The Dark Arts

November, 2010

Finally!! it's donnnne.
many thanks to Philippe Credo for the 'barkskin' idea. ^^

is a creature of Philippine folklore said to lurk in the mountains and forests of the Philippines. It is generally described as a tall, bony humanoid creature with disproportionately long limbs and a head of a horse.

Tikbalangs are said to scare travelers and lead them astray. Tikbalangs play tricks on travelers such that they keep on returning to an arbitrary path no matter how far he goes or where he turns. Supposedly this is counteracted by wearing one's shirt inside out. Another countermeasure is to ask permission out loud to pass by or, not to produce too much noise while in the woods in order not to offend or disturb the tikbalang.
One Superstitions especially popular with the Tagalog of Rizal Province is that Tikbalangs are benevolent creature guardians of elemental kingdoms. They are usually found at the foot of large trees bystanding looking around for anyone who dare to bestow malignancy on their kingdom's territory.
According to traditional folklore, the tikbalang can also transform itself into human form or turn invisible to humans. They like to lead travelers astray.
Tikbalang are generally associated with dark, sparsely populated, foliage-overgrown areas, with legends variously identifying their abode as being beneath bridges, in Bamboo or Banana groves, and atop Kalumpang or Balete trees.

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