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In Philippine mythology, the Balbal (Bal-Bal) is an undead creature that steals corpses, whether from a funeral or grave, and feeds on them. Maximo Ramos credited the tales of the Balbal to the Tagbanua people in his book, The Creatures of Philippine Lower Mythology. It is associated with the Aswang, Amalanhig and Busaw, which are also flesh eaters.

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The Balbal is an undead humanoid creature with bat-like wings, sharp claws and teeth, a keen sense of smell for dead bodies, and a long tongue. According to legend, the Balbal steals and devours corpses, after which it leaves the trunk of a banana tree in the coffin to give the illusion of a body. Light and loud noises scare off Balbals.

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