Monday, March 6, 2017

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The Kumakatok ("door knockers") are a group of three robed figures which are said to knock on doors in the middle of the night and bring bad omens. They allegedly look like humans, but wear hoods that obscure their faces to some extent. One resembles a pretty, young woman, while the other two look like elderly men.These figures are usually omens of death, the eldest member of the family dying after they show their presence.
A visit from the Kumakatok is usually an omen of death, as either the eldest member of the house, or one who is ill, will be visited and subsequently die. The visits are supposedly more frequent after a disease outbreak. Residents of  Luzon and Visayas at one time painted white crosses on their doors to ward off the Kumakatok. This trend was said to cause the trio to switch from residences to government buildings, hospitals, and even churches.
There are no stories of how the group was formed or where they originated but tales about them have popped up all over the Philippines.Reported sightings of the Kumakatok have declined significantly since World War II. One explanation is that many buildings were destroyed at that time, leaving the Kumakatok few doors upon which to knock.There were no accounts of anyone answering the three.


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