dogs howling at midnight - a signal that ghosts, spirits and undead would rise?

@secretbear (19476)
Philippines
September 12, 2007 3:27am CST
there's a superstitious belief in our place which says that when dogs howl at midnight, it is a signal that ghosts, spirits, undead or anything like them would begin to rise and hunt people. also, dogs howl when they see them. in our old folklore, we have "aswang", man/woman who transforms at night into something scary and hideous and would eat people especially internal organs and babies. dogs howl when they sense these men and women transforming and howl even more when they see them. I can't say that I believe in this because it hasn't been proven true nor false and there are many testimonies of people claiming the existence of aswang. even some of my friends have their own aswang stories! ^__^;; but I think that there's no aswang anymore since we live in modern day now. ^__^ what about in your place? are there any superstitious belief there that are associated with howling dogs? would you believe them? ^__^
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@alansmile (284)
• Malaysia
12 Sep 07
I don't really believe in this thing, but i know they really exist. "dogs howling at midnight a signal that ghosts,spirits and undead would rise" Is that real true? I really scare of those things.
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@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
14 Sep 07
if you noticed, I put a question mark there. ^__^ I don't know if its true but I kinda believe that dogs nd other animals are sensitive to this kind of paranormal stuff like ghosts and spirits. about howling beinga signal that they see ghosts and spirits is a superstitious belief here in our town. I guess even if its true, that dogs see ghosts and spirits, we shouldn't be scared coz they can't do anything t us. ^__^
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• Malaysia
14 Sep 07
Ooo... I do believe that Dog and Cat can see those thing. I'm R.Christian,just prey to god when you feel scare. XD
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@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
14 Sep 07
im not sure if our aswang is the same as your chubacabra. our aswang has many different forms. one is the kind that a person divides his or her body into two, in the waist then he/she grows wings and become hideous-looking. they eat babies, even those still inside the mother's womb. they eat internal organs of people. another form is an aswang can transform into a large dog from being an ordinary looking man or woman. this dog then can attack his or her victims. there are many other kinds of aswang but im not familiar with them all. ^__^
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• Philippines
12 Sep 07
well, some of my friends tell me that when dogs howl at night, it means that someone is going to die. God forbid but i just don't know if there's truth to this. we have two dogs and they do howl but not during night time but during the day especially when they hear the taho vendor yelling "taho". i don't really know why they do that. ('.')
@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
14 Sep 07
hahaha! are they really howling at the taho vendor or at just barking?? maybe they're just imitating the vendor when he shouts "taho!!!!" LOL or maybe they're pissed because you dont buy them taho at all! ^__^;;
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• Philippines
14 Sep 07
hehehe...i know it really sounds funny. i really can't help laughing as well when i first noticed it but i'm really not sure why our dogs do that. it started when they were just a few months old...probably when they were just 4 or 5 months old. i always buy taho from that vendor since he's already our regular supplier...i feed my 1 year 7 months old son with taho. lately, i noticed that they not only howl when the taho vendor passes by but also the puto vendor. it's really odd because there are other vendors who pass our place and shout or yell what they are selling but surprisingly, they only howl when those taho and puto vendors pass by. ('.')
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@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
15 Sep 07
maybe they can smell the taho and puto and they liked it and they wanna have some. try giving some to them. ^__^ it might work like magic and stop them from howling. kawawa naman ung magtataho and magpuputo. LOL or are they already used to it??
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@roniroxas (10577)
• Philippines
13 Sep 07
well thats what they always say, howling of dogs means spirits. or bad luck. for me its like they sense something or smell something. if they sense something they do that howling.
@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
3 Oct 07
sometimes dogs howl because they see a taho vendor. LOL that's ccdrewchat's story. ^__^;;
@roniroxas (10577)
• Philippines
3 Oct 07
hahaha yes it can be taho, balot, hot pandesal, puto, kuchinta vendor. that was funny
• Philippines
13 Sep 07
when i was young,the old folk put that in our mind,imagine, i grew up in mindanao,my moms originated from capis where they said most of the people thier are what so called "aswang" i've heard a lot of scary stories about it.from my moms oun exeperienced and thier family, but now i dont think its real,come to think of it, i never heard someone attacked and killed by aswang. well i believe of canivalism.people eat thier oun kind.. now a days,my brother told me that the story of aswang or tikbalang,ect.are ony a story put by spanish priest a the the colonial time,so that the people dont go out at night to build revenllions on thier behalf.but honesly i belive in ghosh,coz i some incounter to that. but ghost only do is ccare us, just scare us nothing more.
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@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
3 Oct 07
i've never seen an aswang too in my entire life but a lot of my friends and relatives have their own aswang stories to tell. i couldnt really say that i dont believe in aswang unless i see one. it would seem that my friends and relatives are lying if i tell them that aswang doesnt exists. ^__^;; but cannibals are really more believable than aswang since there are many proofs for that and they even exist in other countries. i havent heard about spanish priests creating these stories just to scare people to ward off any rebellion attempts. but it would make sense. the spanish were always bent on suppressing and oppressing the filipinos. ^__^;;
@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I believe animals in general have a "6th sense". I think that they see things or feel things we don't. So I wouldn't doubt it in the slightest, but kind of hard to prove hahaha! Since they can't talk to you.
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@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
14 Sep 07
oh yeah. sometimes its disappointing and frustrating if we cant understand what the animals are trying to say. but it would be too weird if we do! LOL
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• India
12 Sep 07
Yes, in India too we believe that dogs howling or crying or refusing to leave the place (esp. for pet dogs) where someone is dying is indicative of the fact that a person is soon going to cross the line. We don’t believe in the awakening spirit or ghosts roaming, we simply believe that animals have a more keen sense of understanding than us humans and can actually feel it when a person is about to die. How they feel it, I of course have no explanation neither does my religion offer one, but I think animals even understand earthquakes before the actual occurrence and if we take note carefully, we might take their movements and behaviour as warnings! Science says that animals can receive and understand many different wavelengths that roam in the atmosphere and which we humans are unable to intercept with our normal sense organs.
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@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
14 Sep 07
yeah. people are now attributing some kind of phenomenons to animals such as earthquakes (like what you mentioned) and detecting some sickness. scientists are now interested in observing animal behaviors to help us humans. i think its not weird or not surprising at all coz humans has the tendency to use everything in his surroundings just to survive. ^__^
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@academic2 (7014)
• Uganda
23 Sep 07
Dogs howl all the time secretbear-I like to think they howl when they are on heat rather than when they have seen any ghosts. Infact, a dog that has sensed danger will rather bark instead of howling, that is my experience.
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@kimthedane (1000)
• Denmark
23 Sep 07
No we dont have any folklore or aswang as you call it involving howling dogs, but we have many supersticious stories involving dogs on a whole. I dont believe in them either, but think they are great stories and that is the only way they survive. Its storries you would tell your kids and they will be facinated of them. Only thing tho is, why are they always storries of evil and scare?
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@jHoEn16 (2043)
• Australia
15 Sep 07
first i didnt believe that when my grandparents told me about it... but it was proven... on the year 1998, just before i left zamboanga del norte to live and study in manila... there was a girl thrown 20 minutes walk from our cementery and the cementery was 30 minutes walk from our house...the girl was being raped, shoot 3 times, her feet and hands was being tie up of packaging tape, her face was being thrown of a big stone and she was being burned!!! after that body was discovered, everynight the dogs keep howling when its starting to dark... all the dogs in every house! it was almost one month the dogs are sooo noisy everynight... the girl was not burried on that time since all the barangays are waiting for the family to claimed... its almost one month when they decided to burried it since of all people that come and have a look at her, refused to take her coz they are not her family... after they burry it... all the dogs are being calm.. and thats the only time we have a good sleep... so i do believe that when dogs start to howl, there is something... dogs can see
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12 Sep 07
I am very interested in what you have said. I really believe we should take alot more notice in folklor and old superstitions. It isen't that they actually mean what they say they do but they are usually a metaphor for sometihng or other. Where do you come from and can you tell me more about 'aswang' please. Thank you Denise
@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
25 Sep 07
hi denise! ^__^ I'm from the philippines and I think you can find a lot of information regarding our folklores and legends from the internet. ^__^ but to give you more than what i've said above, "aswang" are hideous creatures which eat internal organs of their victims. same as the cannibals but our aswangs have a lot of variety. "manananggal" are those that can separate their body into two in the waist and sprout ugly wings on their back. they apply a special type of oil on their body before transforming and they would hide their lower part of their body somewhere safe so that no humans can discover it. it is said that to kill a manananggal is to put salt on their lower part of their body on the exposed internal organs. if salt is applied they won't be able to put their body back together and thy would die when the sun comes out. "tiktik" are baby-eaters. they can smell babies from the womb of their mothers and at night, they can track where the mother lives and would climb on the roof and insert their tongue on a small opening. the tongue would grow longer and longer until it reaches the belly of the pregnant mother and it would insert it and from there, they could eat the baby.
@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
25 Sep 07
there are still a lot more like the "mangkukulam" and "mambabarang" which are both witches but they differ in their ways and methods. there's also the "wakwak" which also eats internal organs. and there are those that can transform to a large black dog or pig so that people won't know they are aswang. it is said that aswang always have reddish eyes when in their human form, they can't look directly to the person their talking to and that they don't have that.. that sort of division in between our nose and upper lip? they don't have according to legends. so if you don't have that, better go to a surgery coz you'll be suspected of being an aswang if you don't. LOL kidding. ^__^
@raijin (10383)
• Philippines
12 Sep 07
As you've said, these are just supersticious beliefs so I won't rely much on it!;) But I do remember Michael jackson's song, Thriller after you posted this one.. Hehehe! Dogs howl mostly because they are calling other's attention, just like what wolves do. They are communicating, letting other's know where and who they are. This is just one of the many ways they try to talk with each other, even to humans..
@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
15 Sep 07
thriller?? were there dogs or wolf howling there?? you remind me of the dancing inmates from cebu. ^__^
@raijin (10383)
• Philippines
15 Sep 07
Yes, there are dogs howling on the background.. Awoooo!LoL
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@meanangel (167)
• United States
12 Sep 07
I sure hope this is not true because if it is my town is full of them. The dogs around here are always howling late at night even my own dogs. I do believe there are things out there we can not explain even in the modern age. To many cultures have similar unexplainable creatures. It makes life mysterios. My ansestors believed in the ability to transform into animals so why not?
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@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
25 Sep 07
we also have a lot of dogs in our neighborhood too but they rarely howl so that makes it creepy. if your dogs howl every now and then, then I guess there's nothing to be afraid of since they kinda made it a hobby. ^__^;; or maybe there are lots of wandering spirits in your town? LOL just kidding.
@zabawaus (1734)
• United States
12 Sep 07
Well some people in country believes that someone will die if dogs howl at midnight. But i don't believe these kind of things :)
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@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
25 Sep 07
I don't believe it too but its really kinda creepy when you hear dogs howling at midnight. ^__^;; the howls are just so scary.
@gr8life (6254)
• Malaysia
12 Sep 07
Hello secretbear, We have the same belief here too. Whenever we hear the dogs howling at night, some kind of supernaturals are somewhere nearby and when the animals see them, they will howl at them. I don't really know whether I should believe this or not but since I have been told about it since I was a small kid, I have this creepy feeling whenever I hear one. I do feel scared when I stay alone at home and hear this kind of sound. But I still watch horror movie without closing my eyes with my fingers though....
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@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
15 Sep 07
i never really get scared when i hear dogs howling at night. but it really gives an eerie feeling. ^__^ i guess it depends on where you at. i mean.. i had an experience when we went on a field trip in batad, aklan. the place was remote and came 6pm you cant see anybody in the streets already. me and my friends felt so adventurous and wanted to explore the place. we went to the town's port which was oddly vacated and told each others ghost stories. ^__^;; it was nearly midnight when we went to our hotel and guess, we were followed by bats and howling of dogs. now that was scary!
@jackchin (27)
• China
12 Sep 07
Hi,secretbear!May I call you "bear" directly?HOHO! I'am a boy who was born in a countryside of China!In China that dogs baying at midnight is quite ordinary!No people can devote their attention on them! I myself believe ghosts ,spirits and undead don't exist in the world!
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@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
15 Sep 07
you can call me that way jack. i dont mind. ^__^ nice to meet you. hope you'll accept my friend request.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
12 Sep 07
I personally believe that animals have connection with spirits. I have experienced it. But I will not tell it anymore cause it gives me an eery feeling everytime I remember it.
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@secretbear (19476)
• Philippines
15 Sep 07
really?? awww.. i want to hear your story! but at the same time i dont want to give you that eerie feeling anymore. ^__^
@jarves (815)
• Philippines
21 Dec 07
Yes I do feel that when dogs howl at night means that there is a ghost nearby or some sort of spirit entity. Dogs may be color blind but they faint blind when it comes to entities not of this world. When I was sleeping one night, I had a nightmare and I woke up in the middle of that nightmare. When I woke up I hear the dogs howlng. I was so afraid that I transfered to my mom's room.
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@pinay81 (1539)
• Philippines
20 Dec 07
yeah i believed in that specially if all the dogs are howling in the middle of the night in my province its always happen that in the night thats why i always feel scared and our dog in the province always playing in the middle of the night like playing with the real people running wiggle his tail and lying down same what we do when playing and holding our hands:-&
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@lilybug (21185)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Around here our dogs howling at night usually means there is a opossum outside their room or they have to go potty and that is about it.
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• Canada
20 Dec 07
No not that I know of but that means nothing my family are Inuit and thats all I know , I never met any of our late relatives and probably never will ,as we don`t know where they are I met one that says is a relative on facebook but I have never heard of this person or relative , so I would never know .. When it comes to dogs howling I have never hears of it so thats all I can say ... Sorry wish I could find out about my family history but OH WELL thats the way the ball bounces ... Or the dog howls ...
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