The Grimm TV Series never ceases to amaze me. The writers take stories that were originally children’s stories and stories of mythological creatures and weave them into new stories where they’re explained as supernatural life on Earth. They call them wesen (pronounced vessen) who live among humans. Season 3, episode 14 introduced the aswang as the creature of the week and as far as I know, it’s the first time the aswang has ever been referenced in any American TV series.
Don’t say anything like that to my wife, Josie. Or any other Filipino you don’t know personally. For Filipinos raised in certain parts of the Philippines, the aswang is as real as any other creature on Earth.
Josie grew up in Tacloban City on the provincial island of Leyte. That’s the same city that was devastated by that super typhoon. She moved to Olongapo City before becoming a teenager. She’s convinced me she believes in aswangs, swearing that she saw them when she was around the age of 10. Who am I to argue with her?
There are more things that exist on Earth than can be explained using rational explanations.
Josie says the description isn’t completely correct. The aswang is a shape shifter who can turn into any kind of animal. Insertion into the navel area on the stomach with the proboscis, which Josie calls the tongue, is right. She says the aswang climbs on to the top of a house with a pregnant woman inside, and then shoots its tongue through the roof and ceiling.
Whether the aswang is real or just a figment of someone’s imagination, passed down as stories from generation to generation, doesn’t really matter. Just because I’ve never seen one (or a ghost or anything else I can’t explain) doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
Grimm is one of my favorite TV series and with stories like this, I have a hard time waiting for the next episode to air.
By: RT Cunningham
March 8, 2014
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