|The least scary image of the Aswang|
I could find, because my mom reads
this blog, and is kind of a fraidy-cat.
You're welcome, mom.
The banana baby is far from the only impostor in mythology. Apparently, the fear that our loved ones have been replaced is universal.
The changeling appears all over European mythology. In Ireland, looking at a baby or its mother with envy might put the baby in the faeries' sights, and they might come and replace the baby with a síofra - a changeling child. To try and fool the changeling child, you could cook in eggshells or lay eggshells near a fire, which would cause the changeling to reveal its true age. If that didn't work, you could always toss your baby in the fire, because maybe Filipino parents don't have the corner market on horror after all.
In Sweden, you might only have to pretend to murder the bortbytingen if it has replaced your child. You can avoid having your unbaptized baby swapped by placing iron or steel near it. If you fail to do so, however, you might be able to get your little one back by just beating the crap out of the kid or threatening to throw it in a fire.