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Protection Against Aswang

Aswang from Filipino Folklore

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Protection Against Aswang

Before six in the evening, burn an incense with chopped garlic and twigs of Makabuhay plant (also known as Tinospora Cordifolia, this herbal plant can be found in tropical countries like India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and has long been used as traditional medicine). The smudging smoke of incense around the house will drive away aswang and other elements.

To prevent aswang from you or your house, keeping garlic in your pocket is the easiest way. But for some they place a garland of garlic on doors and windows. The scent of garlic will instantly stop them from coming in.

A pregnant woman attracts Aswang, for they eat the unborn child. In the sixth month of conception, burn a rubber as of tyres, the smoke of the burning tyres will drive them away. It is as if their body is melting while looking at burning rubber. This way, they would rather stay away from the pregnant woman.

It is best to wear color black clothings for pregnant. This way, aswang won’t be able to see your presence.

If you are working on a farm, you must have something like “karit” (Scythe). Good for you because aswang are afraid on this long, curved single-edged blade. Just hang it on the ceiling or window at night.

Dig a small hole on the ground one meter away from the house and place the rotten chicken egg. Put it as well in every corner of the house. These will keep aswang away from your house.

Sometimes we are suspicious of people who visit our house, especially in the provinces who believes in the existence of aswang. In order to know if your suspicion is right, try this method – Place the broom upside near your door. If the broom tumbled down from its original position it just means that your guest is aswang. Once the aswang has entered your house and you place the broom upside-down next your door, he won’t be able to leave the place, because the broom is preventing him from going out.

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When you feel the aswang is around, curse him and say that you know him/her in a loud voice. In this case, they would choose to leave you instead.




  1. Buntot ng Pagi (Stingray tail)
  2. Any Bronze metal – we normally keep a bullet to protect ourselves from aswang
  3. Crucifix – You can wear a necklace with a crucifix pendant
  4. Cactus Plant – they are afraid of the thorn on a cactus plant
  5. Spark of red match
  6. Salt – Sprinkle a salt on every corner of your house
  7. Holy Water - it is best to use to keep them away


By keeping these small things in your pocket or your house, most likely, aswang will be mad at you being clever enough to keep them away.



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