The Trophy

The Trophy

An ancient Panay Island warrior looks down on his hunting trophy – a dead Marcupo.

A Marcupo or Makupo is a giant serpent in Philippine mythology (specifically among the Hiligaynons). Its characteristics include a prominent red crest on its head, a long tongue with thorn like hairs, sharp tusks, and a forked tail. It is said that the Marcupo can spit venom much like a cobra. Moreover, the Marcupo is also known to sing sonorously during quiet days. Its main habitat is in heavily forested mountains.

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