Mangkukulam or bruha (from Spanish: bruja, “witch“) are witches, wizards, bruho (Spanish:brujo, “wizard, male witch“), or sorcerers who cast evil spells to humans. This bewitcher is also called manggagaway. The Mangkukulam uses dark magic.
A staple in Filipino culture, the Mangkukulam (see above) is generally the term used for people who practices the dark arts and loosely translates as “the person who throws hexes and curses”.
As with witches of the old, they are normally shunned as outcast and hermits and is normally used to keep the kids in control. Even when a disease hits a person that seems peculiar, a mangkukulam is normally blamed for that. As well, if a person wishes to hire them for various reasons, it is possible for the most part.
Old school Filifino magick/occult in general is a mish mash of Malaysian/Hoodoo/Tribal Folk Magic. Mangkukulams generally follow and use techniques that are generally used in darker magicks; like blood sacrifices, poppy/doll magick, rituals at night, etc.
I’ve personally never met a Filipino mangkukulam but my family history is littered w/ stories of our family being attacked by them, as recent as my late grandfather. I think the readers are familiar, by now, with my 2 grandfathers – both were magickally attacked by black magickians on separate occasions, and both managed to survive; one became a sorcerer himself, the other lead a long peaceful life.
Just always watch out for the old lady in the corner with the rickety house, LOL.