The Thalon is an obscure creature in Philippine Folklore. From its origins in Zamboanga Del Sur, its myth has not spread to the other parts of the Philippines. Unlike most monsters in Philippine folklore, the attitude of the Thalon is based on its gender, either being a simple trickster spirit if male, or a terrible man-eating beast if female.
The Thalon is a dog-like creature with the feet of a human. Its 4 human feet point backwards and it walks the way a normal dog would. Its fur is always black and its face can range from human to beast-like. Its appearance is the same whether male or female. The Thalon usually looks for its prey as soon as the sun goes down, or by 5pm. If it is dark outside the Thalon will not be seen, but its presence will be felt when if is near. It is only when the Thalon is in close proximity that a person can see it. The Thalon makes a distinctive “kao kao” noise.
Mhenamad Thalon – The Male Thalon
Thamad Thalon – The Female Thalon
Capture and Cure
“The Terror of the Thalon” by Karl Gaverza. 2014. Can be accessed at https://www.academia.edu/9822122/Myths_of_the_Philippines_The_Terror_of_the_Thalon
Speculative fiction writer. Philippine folklore and heritage researcher.
Author of The Spirits of the Philippine Archipelago.
Currently in the middle of fixing up an encyclopedia of Philippine Mythical creatures.
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