In this article we will be covering one of the most terrifying mythical creatures in African folklore – the Kikiyaon.
Is this cryptid animal based on a age-old bedtime story or is there some truth behind it’s existence?
The Kikiyaon is a cryptozoology subject that has been reported numerous times in the Gambia, Africa.
Often referred to as ‘soul cannibal’ or ‘soul eater’, it is said to resemble a huge feathered owl with a 20 foot wingspan (approximately).
There are also other reports that label the creature as more of a humanoid gargoyle-looking entity that can transform into an owl-beast and take to the skies.
It is known to have deep red eyes with clawed feet – it also has long razor-like nails on each hand.
The Undead Power
The Kikiyaon is often referred to as the ‘soul cannibal’ or ‘soul eater’ because of it’s magical abilities to transform it’s victims into zombies.
Numerous African tribes are convinced that this creature can capture a man’s soul and leave him an empty vessel – the walking dead!
The creature has vampire-like qualities that deliver this soul eating blow – it’s said to creep into people’s bedrooms at night to sink it’s long teeth into their neck. When it has finished with it’s bite – it has captured the victim’s soul.
The zombie state that the Kikiyaon unleashes does not last forever. Once it’s teeth has broken your skin, and your soul is captured, an illness takes over the body…that claims it within days.
I recently read an article that claimed this ‘Kikiyaon illness’ was the inspiration behind the zombie disease used in the classic Night of The Living Dead – Although I’ve not been able to confirm this.
Over the years, African locals have reported seeing this cryptid dash across the Gambian plains at ridiculous speeds. They also claim that a strange rotting smell follows the creature, wherever it goes!
A well known cryptozoologist named Bernard Heuvelmans decided that it was about time someone looked into this African ‘myth’ – he was famous for certain reports that covered the Loch Ness Monster and the Yeti.
After months of research in Africa, he came to the conclusion that this vampire-like creature was nothing but mistaken identity. He suspected that the locals had turned a ‘regular’ creature into something it was not – a legend brought to life by fear.
Local African tribes do not agree with his findings.
What are your thoughts on this creature – fact or fiction?
Do you believe this so-called myth actually exists or do feel it is nothing more than mistaken identity?
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