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Of "Mangkukulam" and "Mambabarang"

  Author:  962  Category:(Urban Legends) Created:(10/29/2000 1:35:00 AM)
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Here in the Philippines, Mangkukulams and Mambabarangs are very much known. Mangkukulams and Mambabarangs are synonymous to those practicing voodoos. They usually perform the ritual by themselves but most of them belong to a cult. In most cases, mangkukulam uses dolls (similar to voodoo dolls). They will say a prayer to this small dolls and whatever they do to the dolls, will happen to you. (eg, if they boil it, you'll have the stingy feeling of being boiled and soon enough you'll find your skin burned. Anyone who wishes to take revenge on someone can go to a mangkukulam, just bring any property of your enemy. They will say a prayer to your property and just like in the dolls, whatever happens to it happens to you. Mangkukulams are very powerful, in a few days time their victims are usually found dead. Mambabarangs are a bit more powerful. They usually don't need any of your property. They can just remember your face and your name and take revenge on you. Mangkukulams and Mambabarangs are not just mere urban legends, here's why:

A woman friend (let's call her Lita) of ours from Batangas (Philippines) had an ugly fight with an old man regarding a coconut tree. After sometime, Lita finds her tummy getting big. Thinking she was pregnant, she announced it to almost everyone in the barrio. Days passed she became aware that there is something wrong with her preganancy. Her tummy gets bigger way too fast - considering that she had only been "pregnant" for two months. When she went to a doctor, the doctor tells her that there's some kind of a "mass" inside her tummy, and it's definitely not a baby. So she had surgery. When the doctor opened her tummy, nata de coco
Sometimes they place cockroaches or balls of hair or other disgusting things inside their victims.

The cases with mangkukulams are too many to count. I don't know which one to share. The example I gave above (the dolls being boiled and the victim being burned) is very common.

So next time you go to the Philippines, don't forget to say sorry when you stepped on someone's toes esp. the old ones :) You'll never know which of them are mangkukulams or mambabarangs ...


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Date: 10/29/2000 6:41:00 AM  From Authorid: 14241    Wow this is realy weird now i know what to do if i ever visit the Philippines.Thanks for sharing this..BB..  
Date: 10/29/2000 7:05:00 AM  From Authorid: 12118    weird!! I sure don't want to live in the phillipines now...well,maybe because I bet it is pretty out there but still between all these things like that are running around it may be on the safe side to stay within the vicinity of the US of A! LOL, just kidding! love ya sis, SeaGoddess  
Date: 10/29/2000 7:07:00 AM    good story. I work with two guys from the philippines. I will ask them about it for more info. You made me start thinking of other cultures and their legends. my culture is of mexican desent and we have some on what we call a lechusa. its a "witch" for lack of a better word that shapeshifts into a large owl.
Date: 10/29/2000 8:07:00 AM  From Authorid: 13283    Where do these bad people get their powers from? What do they give up to attain these powers? Over here these same type people are called Santarians (Mexico/Texas).  
Date: 11/5/2000 12:30:00 AM  From Authorid: 10484    That is a cool story!!  
Date: 11/11/2000 9:30:00 PM  From Authorid: 9676    cool I have got to find one of those people someday. Just kidding. I wouldn't want them angry at me.  
Date: 11/12/2000 5:15:00 PM  From Authorid: 2011    After reading this, I think I'll stay away from the Philippines completely.  
Date: 11/18/2000 5:00:00 PM  ( Admin-6 )   Oh wow... this is so interesting... plz. share more
Date: 11/22/2000 9:44:00 PM  From Authorid: 19446    hehehe  
Date: 12/9/2000 6:22:00 AM  From Authorid: 12031    hehehe.. tell them more X! =)  
Date: 1/11/2001 11:20:00 PM  From Authorid: 18516    I wouldn't wanna make those guys mad! LoL. That would be pretty scary. lemonademe  
Date: 5/18/2001 2:08:00 PM  From Authorid: 34530    oh wow, im a filipina but i never heard of this story

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