Monday, July 16, 2012

Updates on OTOSOTE's Greatest 'Hits'

I recently took a look at what were the most popular posts on this blog.

Over the last six years, you've really enjoyed the posts about the dreaded Mongolian Death Worm, the Filipino creature known as the Aswang, and the "Wild Men of Asia and Poets" most likely since it involves Yu Zhenhuan,who was such a cutie as a young boy, as you can see below.That or else maybe you're all fascinated by lingering cryptozoological mysteries of the Vietnamese Nguoi Rung and the Laotian Khi Trau.


At the moment there appears to be no new major updates regarding Mongolian Death Worms since 2009. They are still considered extremely deadly and biologically improbable, despite the assertions of Mongolians who actually live in the area versus the rationality of European Americans. 

It does lead me to consider an interesting question, however, that a speculative writer could make a story contemplating whether or not the nak of Laos would consider them adversaries, nuisances or allies. The relationship to corrosion and lightning, or William Gibson's assertion that they could be symbols or mascots of anxiety are certainly rife with potential.

As far as the Aswang goes, apparently there's a new trilogy of novels regarding the Aswang Wars that treats them as bood-sucking nocturnal shape-shifters who belong to three different clans, whose various members also have attributes more commonly connected to the mandurugo, mantahungal, and the sigbin. I'd be interested in hearing what my Filipino readers think of the series. Is it worth a look?

Yu Zhenhuan is still rocking on and looking for love.

And the search continues for the Nguoi Rung and the Khi Trau. We probably really need to expand our community literature on the 'Khi Trau', which would probably be more formally known as a Ling Kway or Ling Nyai in Lao. 'Khi Trau' is from one of the ethnic minorities of Laos but I'm uncertain which one it would be from specifically.  I imagine it would most likely be found near Southern Laos or the Bolovens Plateau, where a good many other cryptozoological entities tend to be discovered.

But what do you think?

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