Creatures of the dark were always used to scare children into sleeping early or keep them in check if they’re being hardheaded. For the Pinoy parents, they can choose from a range of tiyanaks, undin, manananggal, tiktik, and kapre, among other horror monsters that would gladly steal a sutil. Who didn’t grow up shaking with fear when they opened their toilet bowls or looked into bangas?
Stories of mythical creatures and evil spirits are not limited in Asia. Other cultures rely on folk tales and mythology to explain how things happen, especially since science and scientific explanation were mostly unheard of in far-flung places. Anything unusual or unexplained is caused by magic and voodoo.
In Zulu mythology of South Africa, people believed in tokoloshe or tikoloshe, a dwarf-like sprite that cause trouble for others. According to Wikipedia, a tokoloshe becomes invisible by drinking water and scares children, but also has the power to cause illness or death to the victim. Sometimes, it preys on women by raping them.
Since the Africans attributed the mysterious nightly deaths to an attack of the tikoloshe, legends say that to keep the short killer demons at bay every night, one must put brick underneath one’s bed. However, scientists argued that these deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning due to burning of cattle dung in huts to keep warm.
Recently, there were reported sightings of the tikoloshe that had everyone ogling at the creature’s sizeable manhood. It must’ve been easy for the creature to jerk off when the need arises.
The photos went viral and scared everyone out of their wits. With a manhood as large as that, no wonder women were terrified and began to gird up their loins.
However, this, my friends, is a hoax. The widely circulated photos indeed came from Africa, but were of something else: the Nnewi Cultural Yam Festival in Nigeria, usually held around August. Otherwise called as Nnewi Afiaolu Festival, this feast is a thanksgiving to god and celebration of the harvest of new yam by the Igbo people.
The allegedly captured tikoloshe is actually a young man in devil costume who participated in the masquerade – still a part of the 4-day festivity.
What do you think of this story? Do you still believe in tikoloshe, even after the myth is debunked? Perhaps, you have a scary encounter with the supernatural? Share your stories and thoughts in the comments section below.