All-New Creatures Of Philippine Mythology Web-Series Starts October 31st, 2015
Very little is known about the history and evolution of Philippine Mythological Creatures. Most myth studies have been focused on the pantheon of deities which hold little affect on the lives of Filipinos today. While the early animist societies of the Philippines were worshipping the creator of the universe, BATHALA, they were also wary of entities that lurked in the shadows. It was these creatures that transcended time, religion and colonialism. A new 6 part web-series will focus on these, and study their unique origin, history and evolution into the modern era. The show is directed and produced by Jordan Clark, who brought us the 2011 documentary THE ASWANG PHENOMENON – an exploration of the aswang and its effects on Philippine society.
The first six episodes were decided by a poll done last year on THE ASWANG PROJECT Facebook page. The most requested creatures were chosen. The episodes will be loaded on THE ASWANG PROJECT YouTube channel to view for free.
CREATURES OF PHILIPPINE MYTHOLOGY EPISODE LIST
- TIKBALANG – The Horse Demon
- KAPRE – The Tree Dweller
- DIWATA – The Nature Spirit
- TIYANAK – The Demon Baby
- BAKUNAWA – The Moon Eater
- MANANANGGAL – The Viscera Sucker
“The Creatures of Philippine Mythology have never really been taken seriously as an academic subject, but they are integral in understanding the outside cultural influences to ancient Philippine society, and how those influences survived 400 years of colonialism. They are one of the few threads that still connects the earliest inhabitants to modern day society. It is a part of what remains from a very complex, intricate and fascinating pre-Spanish belief system. There hasn’t been any movement on the studies of these creatures since the 1970’s. The information just gets recycled over and over again, yet there has been incredible movement on the pre-colonial history of the Philippines that greatly affects the past understanding of its mythology. Every day since I started this web-series I have been blown away by some new piece of information that shakes the foundation of previous beliefs.” ~ Jordan Clark, director
The Series is produced for THE ASWANG PROJECT by High Banks Entertainment Ltd. and features interviews with Peque Gallaga (director, SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL), Budjette Tan (creator, TRESE comics), Karl R De Mesa (writer, NEWS OF THE SHAMAN) and Yvette Tan (writer, WAKING THE DEAD).