Pugot

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Pugot
Title Pugot
Description Decapitated demon
Gender Male/female
Region Ilocos
Equivalent Tulud Nimputul

The Pugot ("decapitated one") is a mythical fiend that is found in the Ilocos region.[1] It can assume various shapes such as hogs, dogs or even as humans. However, it usually appears as a black, gigantic headless being. The creature usually resides in dark places or deserted houses. However, they especially like living in trees such as the duhat (Eugenia cumini), santol (Sandoricum koetjape), and tamarind. [2]

Aside from its shapeshifting abilities, the pugot can also move at great speeds, feeding on snakes and insects that it finds among the trees. It feeds by thrusting food through its neck stump.[2]

Although terrifying, the pugot is relatively harmless. However, the creature is fond of women's underwear and steals them while they are being dried on a clothesline.[1]

The pugot is also found in the Ifugao myth "Tulud Nimputul: The Self-Beheaded" where he appears to the human hero. He was fed by the hero with chopped chicken meat that was mixed with blood.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paraiso, Salvador; Jose Juan Paraiso (2003). The Balete Book: A collection of demons, monsters and dwarfs from the Philippine lower mythology. Philippines: Giraffe Books. ISBN 971-8832-79-3. 
  2. ^ a b c Ramos, Maximo D. (1971). Creatures of Philippine Lower Mythology. Philippines: University of the Philippines Press.