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Eating bats, particularly its wings, drive evil spirits away, according to a popular Philippines folklore. Another widely held belief is that pangolin scales ward off witch’s spells, while its meat cures asthma.
Exotic Filipino cuisine of snakes, field rats, frogs and crocodiles count as traditional medicines, too.
Such odd beliefs and peculiar tastes are not unique to Filipinos. These are very much alive in other countries as well. In fact, these myths are believed to be behind the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) virus, which has so far infected more than 4 million and killed almost 300,000 people throughout the world as recorded by the John Hopkins case tracker.
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