Destination TruthEpisodes

Aswang and Haunted Forest
Season 2 - Episode 211
Aswang and Haunted Forest
Watch Full Episodes in Syfy Rewind
The Philippines: Aswang

Aswangs are ghoulish creatures in Philippines, and, in fact, are the most feared supernatural creatures in a nation already rich in colorful folklore. They find their way into a wide variety of myths and stories. Aswangs feed on people and stolen cadavers, leaving behind facsimiles that they create out of tree trunks and other plant materials. It is their appetite for children, however, that really gets the attention of believing locals.

Mt. Fuji, Japan: Haunted Forest

A crowded, dark forest bordering Mt. Fuji, Aokigahara is infamous throughout Japan as a popular spot for those taking their final journey. In 2002, 78 bodies were found within it. By May 2006, at least 16 new suicides had been found. No one knows how many bodies go undiscovered. Signs emblazoned with messages are nailed to trees throughout the forest.

No sounds can be heard other than those produced by the forest itself. Aokigahara is considered the most haunted location in all of Japan. Spiritualists say that the trees themselves are filled with a malevolent energy, accumulated from centuries of suicides.

Tell us what you think about your favorite NBCU programs by becoming a TV panel member.