Monday, December 1, 2008

Danag: A Filipino Vampire

So just what is a danag?

A Danag is a Filipino vampire. According to legend, The
danag helped people by planting taro on the land. The danag and the humans had a good partnership. But one time, a woman cut her finger, and the danag sucked her wound, and enjoyed the taste. The woman died because her blood was drained. Since then, the danag is considered evil.

An anonymous contributor added that:
'Danag' is a very old Visayan (Cebuano) word that means 'image/silhouette in the dark'. I haven't heard of any legends about them. I don't know where S. Meyers got hers. But our farmhands said these beings move as 'fast as the blink of an eye'.


Another anonymous contributor added that:
Danag was also mentioned in a book by a local Filipino writer David Hontiveros in his book "Parman".
And this book by Hontiveros was published prior to the publication of Twilight. So it seems that there are some Filipinos who really are familiar [or have heard] of it.

[Parman author site here]
Parman book cover.


Another contributor:

hey danag is also a word from one of the dialects in philippines. from area of luzon, ILOCANO dialect which mean "worries/ worry" i guess. hehehehehe

53 comments:

  1. hey lol its the exact words from the first Twilight book =P

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  2. i'm a full-blooded Filipino, but i'm not sure if i ever heard about Danags... sure there legends about aswangs, manananggals and sorts but Danag's kinda new to me...read about it on Ms. Meyer's book though :) twas nice of her to include Filipinos in her book, even if it's about a vampire.

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  3. Well,I'm 100 percent filipino and my grandparents never told me about a danag,they only told me about aswang,manananggal,multo,kapre,
    santilmo or I saw them in tv in Verum S,or Nginiig,or Magandang gabi bayan every halloween.But It's kind of scary if your telling stories about them every night in philippines because sometimes me and my brother heard noises sometimes.My friends in philippines told me it was really non-fiction 'but others says it was a myth.

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  4. this is hilarious... I'm actually reading Twilight now, and paused for a minute to find out about "Danag". This is the first time I've heard about it. Honestly, I don't believe that there's such thing like danag or vampires. For me, seeing is believing.
    By the way, I'm enjoying the book so far, and it's very hard to put the book down. I can't wait to finish reading this book, so I start reading the next three.

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  5. When i read it in twilight i did the same thing. i just had to chek it out..It's the first time i heard of it and i'm a Filipino (for 25 long years). Seems to me Danags are not as popular as the aswngs.. it's nice though that Meyer mentioned a Filipino Vampire before mentioning any other kind...

    Oh, and i like the book.. i especially love the sarcasm when Bella and Edward talk to each other.. it's kinda funny

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  6. I'm a hundred percent Filipino and i love ghosts, vampires etc. but sure I've never heard about Danag. my grand-parents used to tell a stories about vampires, but they never told me about that Danag. well i guess i have to figure this one out. anyways, it was so nice of Ms. Meyer to include Filipinos in her book. god, i love her books!

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  7. same here...i was totally surprised upon reading the twilight book.and the first thing that i did was to search in the net coz i never really heard about "danag".

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  8. hi.!em a fulL Filipino.i think danag is not that popular like aswang's,manananggal coz ancient people buried the memories about it and tried not telL to anybody sxo people wont be scared and sxo people wilL forget all the storiie about vampirez..actualli i've never heard about Danag before,too, since i've read twilight book..but we dont have cluez if thatz true or itz juz a myth..like aswangs.i dont believe at it coz i've never seen one,but i relli dont hav clue f itz reaL ..maybe itz juz superstitious and formed by imaginations but we dont know..thatz wat ui think

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  9. I am from the Visayan part of the Philippines. I know what a "danag" is.

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  10. "Danag" is a very old Visayan (Cebuano) word that means "image/silhouette in the dark". I haven't heard of any legends about them. I don't know where S. Meyers got hers. But our farmhands said these beings move as "fast as the blink of an eye".

    Hope this helps.

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  11. "Anonymous said...
    hey lol its the exact words from the first Twilight book =P"

    on: December 17, 2008 12:39 PM

    yeah! so true, i hadnt noticed!

    how can there be no legends about them?? if there is a story there has to be a legend it's like a law of nature....

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  12. i just finish reading that part of the twilight book and thats why i searched about danag i didnt know that he really isnt known in the phillipines

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  13. I'm full fillipino and after I read twilight I asked my mom if she knew what a danag was and she never answered me back. And its been 4 years

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  14. Im not really that into vampires that much but after reading twilight i did some reaserch on danag and didnt really find anything on it but whatever if they think its true who im i to tell them that they are wrong?

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  15. I am havnt really heard about many vampires but after reading Twilight i did some reserch on the Danag and didnt come up with much but if they say its true who am i to tell them that it isnt?

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  16. Danag was also mentioned in a book by a local Filipino writer David Hontiveros in his book "Parman".
    And this book by Hontiveros was published prior to the publication of Twilight. So it seems that there are some Filipinos who really are familiar [or have heard] of it.

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  17. actually, i got interested to search for DANAG's are, when i read stephenie meyer's book, the twilight...so i decided to search for it since im also a filipino, i want to get familiar to those kinds of creatures. anyway, thank you for the info's here=).

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  18. i am 100% filipinA..and it's the first time i've heard the word danag...i guess it's another word for bampira..siguro cebuano ung language..u think u've heard the scariest story ever...think again...cause philipppines has the scariest stories ever..and im not kidding..

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  19. this is so cool because i was just reading twilight right now and i actually stoped for a minute then i went on the internet and search for danag and it was pretty cool and scary for me because i'm Filipino and i don't even knew about it so yea it was cool

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  20. This is almost exactly what it said in the first Twilight book by Stephenie Meyer

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  21. Heheh YEAH! I was just reading twilight! I researched danag and found it here! Wow! I am filipino put my school teaches nothing but british history. I never heard of a danag

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  22. Hey guys! Im a 100% Filipino. And I'm just a little bit concerned why you guys haven't heard about "DANAG". It's one of the most popular horror stories in my province. Well, if you want to know about them you should watch thd movie "Ang anak ni Janice",that's about them,the "TYANAK". Oww,geezz,sorry. Sounds the same.. Really,as far as I know,there are no Danag stories that I have heard before. I just found about it in Twilight... That's really a fictional fiction story.

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  23. im also a full-blooded filipino...
    but im not familiar with those danags...
    i just read it from s.meyer's book..twilight..
    that's why i search for it due curiosity i think, bella's character influenced me...haha..and i ended on this page..
    yah..yah...those aswangs are really familiar to me...but a total no,no to danags...

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  24. hey i am also 100% filipino and i am a HUGE twighlight book fan. Unlike most of you i have found out about the danag. when i asked my grandpa about it his eyes went wide and his face ran a sickly pale but he said nothig. my granmas response was the same, so i asked my great great grandma and told me that when my parents were little they lived on a reservation which was attact by a danag and my family was the only survivors but my great granparents were killed my great great grandma said that are family is cursed by the danag and anyone who tells of them will be killed painfully. she passed away 3 days latter being murdered and nobody knows how. i am taking a chance cuase people have a right to know that they are out there.

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  25. excuse me could you please add some very significant and concise meaning of danag... I am A pure Filipino but i never heard of it and it is so confusing that I COULD'NT find a good meaning of it... could you please post a blog that is more significant and concise about danag... and that means TO NOT USE THE MEANING IN THE BOOK "THE TWILIGHT" COZ ITS SO OBVIOUS THAT WE READ IT, AND WE CAN READ AND UNDERSTAND ENGLISH WORDS YOU KNOW???...

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  26. hey lol its the exact words from the first Twilight book =P
    December 17, 2008 12:39 PM



    ohh yeah i agree. .

    its exactly the word from the first book of twilight saga. lol =))

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  27. hey danag is also a word from one of the dialects in philippines. from area of luzon, ILOCANO dialect which mean "worries/ worry" i guess. hehehehehe

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  28. i (a 100% filo) asked my (100% filo) mum and she said 'huh?' i didnt know that .. i asked her why and she said it was because it was never spoken of around her LOL

    but i love stephenie meyer's twilight saga!!

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  29. In my research, because of the diversity of the ethnic groups of the regions, the Aswang, Bebarlangs, Danag, Mandurugo are all similiar in that they are vampiric. The Danag is responsible for plating taro on the island according to myth and legend, but I think that Mrs. Meyer chose to mention the "danag" in particular becuase of the Cullen's relationship to humans. They were originally very close to man according to legend. Mrs. Meyer definately did her research when writing a brilliant work of fiction. Cheers :)

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  30. Guys, Danag is not any other lamang lupa or kind of Mananangal or aswang. Meyer means that Danag is a Filipino Vampire NOT a kind of Mananagal or aswang. Danag is the NAME of that Filipino vampire. Got it?. Danag is an old stories from our grand parents and we don't really know if Danag really existed during that time.

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  31. Stephenie Meyer says "A Danag is a Filipino vampire. According to legend, The
    danag helped people by planting taro on the land. The danag and the humans had a good partnership. But one time, a woman cut her finger, and the danag sucked her wound, and enjoyed the taste. The woman died because her blood was drained. Since then, the danag is considered evil." in the Twilight Book, exactly the same words. Nice huh. I do love reading vampire books. I'm reading Vampire Kisses now... I'ts a series it has six(6) books but I heard from the authors website that she has a plan to make it seven(7) books.

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  32. Hi. I am only fifty percent Philipina, but my dad is whole. I asked him if he remembered any philipino legends from when he was little (i didn't want to say vampiric legends, because he is kinda against me liking Twilight) but he said no. I looked up the word 'Aswang' , which are a type of Philipino vampires, and it said that they are refered to as any kind of monster including a particular one. It's called a lycanth. Look it up. Lycanthropy is the study of wolf transformation! The aswang, Philipino vampires, were actually narrowed down to werewolf transforming. They have this weird conection and I can't figure it out. I even did lots of research. btw, I am with you guys on the whole Twilight is awsome. But I still cant believe that my dad hadnt heard any legends when he was a kid. Even I have.

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  33. http://www.vampiresathruz.com/vampire-15/danag.html found it ;)

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  34. I trust s. Meyers words I am a filipino and. Ididnt know there a filipinovanpire named Danag

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  35. Btw I'm the #1 fan of the twilight club fuck u mother fuckers

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  36. Btw I'm 100% filipino

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  37. i can scare kids with tales easy

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  38. plus im right nxt to her plus im 12 shes 11

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  39. DANAG is my family name... i'm not a vampire, guess my ancestors, twilight like movie......

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  40. hey guys... did lots of research,,im from antique,,,so i grew up in lottttttttttttts of folklore,,, but danag is a never heard,,,although there are stories of aswang,, sentermo,kapre,,tekwe, mandaragit(this one is so scary),,kamakama,tayho,,and all sorts of supernatural beings that you wont dare go out at night hehe,,but danag is never mentioned...guess i'll have to make a visit soon to my hermit great grandpa in the mountains to really get to the bottom of thid danag's existence

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  41. Danag is an ILOCANO word that describes the English word "worry/worries".

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  42. arent you sick of it..?

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  43. hindi ko pa naririnig ang danag na yan eh....

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  44. danag is used in calling a so-called vampire in antique

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  45. I agree. I first met the word in Twilight book... Just wondering why they use Filipino to some kind of mysterious foolish thing. Have you watched Constantine starrinf reeves.. The possesed women said "papatayin natin sila" in her demonic voice...kainis lang ;(

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  46. i am a filipino and i really love twilight.. i was so surprised when i saw the "danag" on the book.. :) the definition above is really the same as what is in the book! :D haha

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  47. asa sasasasaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  49. I'm Cebuana, my name is Dan-ag which mean light. I'm surprise to hear that it's also a vampire. I never heard of that.

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  50. Like everyone else, I haven't heard of danag until S. Meyer's book. I agree to what one contributor above said though, danag is an iloco word for "worry". :)

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  51. "Danag" is also mentioned in the book "Out of Time" of Monique Martin.

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  52. I had a nightmare that I was a vampire and I was good, helpful, like the danag but one day a woman cut her finger and after trying to ignore it and failing, I begin to suck her blood till she was lying, cold, dead on the ground. I had the nightmare before I knew anything about these story's, and so, when I saw the story in twilight, I knew I had to research it. This is the first website I've been on. Does the danag have a name?

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