Terrifying Statues in the Philippines You Really Want To Know About
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The Philippines is a country known for its rich history. As a result, Filipinos' ancestral legacy made sentiment of revolutionary heroes, biblical figures, folklore and more. Now, there are hundreds of monuments and statues all over the nation. However, some of them are somewhat disturbing and unsettling to look at.
La Muerte (Argao, Cebu)
The Santa Muerte is a popular cult in Mexico with a growing number of devotees. Even Time and the National Geographic magazine covered this phenomenon. In the country, death has always been a part of Catholicism and syncretic versions of it but as part of the lenten procession? Itís quite rare.
The one in the Visayas is part of the lenten ensemble ordered by a parish priest in the 19th century, all having a head and pair of hands made from ivory standing around 4 feet in height.
Although the sight of the Grim Reaper carrying a scythe and an hourglass may look out of place in a Good Friday procession, the statue actually serves to remind people to prepare well for their own impending mortality.
The Owl Saint (Eastern Samar)
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Known as Sto. Kulago of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, this bizarre owl statue represents the religious syncretism between the Christianity and the indigenous beliefs of the natives. According to Filipiknow.net, before the arrival of the Spanish, owls were either venerated as deities or feared as heralds of misfortune. It is assumed that whoever made this combined his animist beliefs together with that of Christianity.
The Cyclops (Davao)
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The statue is located in a World-War II-era tunnel in the resort. As to why the statue was built there, rumors abound that one-eyed skulls were found near that area.
Sta. Rita de Cascia (Siquijor)
According to reports, the unnerving skull-and-inverted-crucifix-carrying statue of the patron saint of abused wives can be located in Sta. Maria Church, Siquijor.
Also known as Black Magic Mary to tourists and locals, many scary urban legends surround the statute. It is said that the skull the statue carries actually belongs to a real human, specifically that of a man who was beheaded by his wife for reasons unknown. Even creepier is the rumor that the statue is said to walk out after sunset.
The Weeping Virgin Mary (Agoo, La Union)
It allegedly started weeping tears of blood on February 1993, prompting countless devotees and curious visitors alike to flock to the site. The statue belonged to the family of self-professed boy visionary Judiel Nieva who claimed that the Virgin Mary had been sending him messages and would show herself to them in due time.