In Philippine folklore, an imp that disguises itself as an infant in swaddling clothes. Its crying attracts travelers, who would then get lost in the woods. The traveler will be unable to find his way home unless he makes the tiyanak laugh by wearing his clothes inside out.

It is also said that should a person pick him up, the tiyanak reverts to its demonic form and attacks the person with its sharp claws and fangs.



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  • Ramos, Maximo D. (1990). Creatures of Philippine lower mythology. Quezon City: Phoenix Publishing House, p. 56.