Mischievous spirits who inhabit caves, cliffs, and other dangerous places. They can impersonate family members and thus succeed in stealing women and children, who are taken to their mountain homes to be fed on snakes and worms.

The sīring can be recognized by their long nails, which they use to scratch their captives should they try to escape. They also confuse travelers through the forest.



  • Cole, Fay-Cooper. (1913). The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History, p. 107, 160.