A nocturnal monster in Philippine folklore. It is black, much taller than a man, walks on its hind legs and eats people — but only secretly. It can change itself into a black cat, with fiery eyes, or into a wild dog. The pugut occasionally appears without a head, emitting fire and smoke. The term pugot denotes either "the black one," "the decapitated one," or "one with hands cut off." The creature is widely known in North and Central Luzon.



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  • Ramos, Maximo D. (1990). Creatures of Philippine lower mythology. Quezon City: Phoenix Publishing House, 26.