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: Behold the extent of my geekiness. Last night Celeste was telling me about the menanggalan, a member of the Filipino undead which takes the form of a woman whose head and internal organs separate from the host body and fly around at night. Instead of being frightened by this gruesome depiction, I was elated to have discovered the source of one of the weirder monsters in the 1st edition AD&D Fiend Folio. They call it a penanggalan there, but it's the same thing. You can read a conversion of the monster to 3rd Edition AD&D here, or read about the folklore and cinematic appearances of the [mp]enanggalan in an article here. Plus, I now know how to pronounce the name! ([mp]en-a-nang-ga-lan) Jake, take note.

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