An Encounter with a Tikbalang

If you’re a curious millennial you might have gotten intrigued and ended up searching for mythical creatures from your local folklore.

It’s pretty normal to delve into superstitions and old beliefs once in a while. Through light research you can gain more insight about your local customs and age old beliefs on non-human entities.

While you can get mythical creatures action figure review from site like AuthorityAdviser, nothing is more exciting than really understand this mysterious subject known as cryptozoology



One of the Philippines’ mythical creatures, the Tikbalang is said to be a creature who lurks in mountainous regions and thick uninhabited forests.

People in the country have described it to be a tall and towering creature with a face and feet of a horse and a body of a man. It’s a creature known for its agility and mischievous temperament.
Different parts of the country have conflicting beliefs- some say it’s a fabled soul that watches over the doorway to the Skyworld, others believe that this is a creature of demonic essence whose sole purpose is to lead wandering humans off track.

This folklore actually originated 4000 years ago. Its roots are deeply influenced by Hinduism which explains a lot about how this mysterious half-man, half-horse came to be.

Human Encounter

In just 4 hours North of Manila, there lives a 76-year-old farmer named Rogelio Agcaoili. He told local news of his experience with a Tikbalang.

He recalled that his father, Mariano, had a paranormal companion.  His father used to always tell him that he had an unusual friend who is a huge creature part man and part horse who had a distinctive and unpleasant odor.

His father described the creature to have dark beady eyes; its stare unrelenting and penetrating. He used to see his father talking to something at night.

Unlike other tales, this one is a has a positive note. The creature who is said to be Mariano’s friend guided his family even after death.

He even believed that the reason why his father led a long and healthy life is because of the Tikbalang who he was friends with.

Rogelio stated that although he never saw the creature, he believes that to this day, the Tikbalang is still close by looking out for him and his family- especially at night.
He says he still feels that there is a certain presence in his house especially when he climbs up to his house. The smell he used to associate the Tikbalang with, still lingers.

The Story of Zana, Abnauayu

The Abnauayu is the Russian analog of Bigfoot/Sasquatch, said to roam the lands around the Caucasus mountain range. Like other potential relict hominid habitats, the Caucasus is heavily forested and sparsely populated in many areas, allowing plenty of room for both a large creature to roam and legends to grow.

Most prominent among these legends is that of Zana (alternately Zanya), the name–which may mean “black” in local dialect–given to a “wild woman” of alleged Abnauayu stock. This woman appeared rather mysteriously in the region around 1850, when she was captured by hunters. According to lore, she was dark of skin and hair, extremely strong, and completely uncivilized. After passing through a series of owners, she ended up with a man called Edgi Genaba, with whom she remained until her death in 1890.

Zana, the tale goes, never did learn language or most other human niceties, despite living among humans for forty years. She was, however, eventually “tamed” enough to perform simple chores, and even gave birth to human children (fathers unknown), four of which survived into adulthood. The most well known of these children was Khwit (1884-1954), whose skull was exhumed in the 1970s and determined to be human by famed anthropologist and Bigfoot researcher Grover Krantz. Despite repeated attempts by Russian archaeologists and others, Zana’s bones have never been found in spite of the fact she was allegedly buried in the family graveyard near Khwit.

Eyewitness and family testimonies collected by Russian professors Alexander Mashkovtsev and Boris Porshnev during the 1960s seem to indicate, at least, that the story of Zana was well known among the local population, if not entirely factual. Igor Bourtsev eventually took over the case, as it were, and in 2009, in conjunction with the filming of an episode of the National Geographic series Is it Real?, brought Khwit’s skull (along with another female skull discovered earlier and thought to be that of Zana’s daughter) to New York for DNA analysis. The analysis revealed both Khwit’s skull and that of his sister to be 100% homo sapiens.

The origins of Zana, the wild woman, remain unknown.

Huge Bird Sightings

First, the basics: the largest known living flying bird (as opposed to flightless ones like ostriches), the wandering albatross, has a wingspan from 8 to 11.5 feet.  Other huge birds include storks, pelicans, the Andean condor, with a wingspan up to 10 feet, and the endangered California condor, which tops out at 9.5 feet across. Only the last species lives in the United States; other large U.S. birds include bald eagles and golden eagles.  Birds with larger wingspans, such as the astonishing 23 foot wide Giant Teratorn, are extinct.

Nevertheless, people in modern times have reported sightings of huge birds whose wingspans easily surpass any known living species.  Many of the sightings take place in Texas, but these gigantic animals have also been spotted in Australia, Alaska, Alabama, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, and other places.  Reports range from solitary birds sitting in trees to entire flocks of eight or more birds.  Although the Native American legend of the Thunderbird is sometimes mentioned as an aside to the sightings, very few of the eyewitness accounts make any supernatural claims; they are describing birds engaging in ordinary birdlike behavior, unremarkable but for their incredibly large size.

What could these birds be?  Theories range from relict animals (species believed to be extinct but perhaps still living) to simple optical illusion, causing large birds to look even larger in the eye of the beholder due to lack of perspective or landmarks against which to compare.  Mistaken identity does likely account for some of the sightings, but what of the giant birds seen taking off from trees?

Compounding the mystery is that reports are often clustered around a place and time (perhaps the most famous of these being the “Big Bird” sightings in Texas in the 1970s) and then either abruptly or gradually peter out.  The group of stories I received during the year 2006 would seem to bear this out.  Perhaps the birds only swoop low enough or through populated places under certain conditions, or perhaps public reports encourage others to share their stories.  Whatever the case, this mystery continues to fascinate me due to its earthly nature, and I would love to hear more experiences from readers.

The Bear Lake Monster, Utah


The Bear Lake Monster is a snake-like creature said to inhabit Bear Lake in Utah. The legend of this particular lake monster appears to have originated in newspaper articles written by Joseph C. Rich for the Deseret News in 1868. His stories referred to Indian (Native American) mythology and, based on eyewitness reports, described a huge, brown aquatic animal that moved at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour:

Mr. Sleight ways he distinctly saw the sides of a very large animal that he would suppose to be not less than 90 feet in length. Mr. Davis doesnt think he was any part of the body, but is positive it must not have been less than forty feet in length, judging by the waves it rolled up on both sides of it as it swam, and the wave it left in the rear. It was going south, and all agreed it swam with a speed almost incredible to their senses. Mr. Davis says he never saw a locomotive travel faster, and thinks it made a mile a minute.

Joseph Rich later revealed the stories he had written were a hoax, but that doesnt stop the occasional modern sighting, or the small tourist industry that has grown up around the Bear Lake Monster.

The Mapinguari of Brazil

The Mapinguari is a cryptid said to roam the deep jungles of Brazil. It appears to originate from local tribal lore. Eyewitness reports, which derive almost exclusively from loggers and tribe members, describe the animal as significantly taller than a normal person, hairy, clawed, often aggressive, and possessing a foul odor as well as a disconcerting ability to tear up trees. Tribal folklore, less mired in reality, speaks of a creature with one eye, two mouths (one on the stomach), alligator-like skin so tough that it stops all weapons, and a serious attitude toward anyone who dares harm its jungle home. The legend of the Mapinguari is not an obscure one; it has made its way into the mythology of every Amazon tribe as well as Brazilian pop culture, and one town has even erected a statue in its honor.

Legends are one thing, but what about modern sightings? Some scientists have speculated that the Mapinguari could be a relict giant ground sloth, an animal that is thought to have gone extinct about 10,000 years ago. Recorded reports of possible relict giant sloths in South America go back to the 1890s. This is somewhat plausible or at least more likely than a vengeful, indestructible cyclops because the Amazon is such a huge and still to this day somewhat unexplored region. A large animal could easily hide in its thick jungles, but could an entire population of giant ground sloths really survive for so long without leaving behind any physical evidence? Where are the stool samples or skeletal remains, and why hasnt anyone ever found any? This is the question that keeps drawing researchers back to the area, but so far theyve collected nothing but eyewitness accounts and a few unverifiable sets of tracks.

Meanwhile, the sightings persist, and the search for the Mapinguari continues.