Sarangay is a creature resembling a bull with a huge muscular body and a jewel attached to its ears. When the Spanish first heard the story in the 17th century, they thought it was a minotaur as the creature is depicted by the natives as half bull (male water buffalo) and half man.

A Sarangay stands more than 7 feet tall and weighs about 700 pounds.

According to old folklore, Sarangays have a jewel or a precious gemstone in their ears that they are protecting. Those who try to steal it from them will be killed mercilessly. It was also said that when a Sarangay gets angry, its nose emits smoke.[1]


  1. Mga Engkanto: A Bestiary of Filipino Fairies. Philippines: eLf ideas Publication. 2003.
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