Paranormal Creatures: The Taotaomona Zombie of Guam
When the sun sets in Guam, it is well known for its spirits known as the Taotaomona (meaning people before time, or people before history). The Taotaomona are ghosts of the ancestors of Guam. They appear in the form of a human and lurk around the forests and caves of Guam. When they manifest, you see their bodies decaying with rotting open flesh wounds, just like a zombie and you can hear their terrifying cries. The Taotaomona also possesses superhuman strength and has been said to have the ability to shape shift. Apparently, what they really are, are spirits earthbound on the island until they can solve an issue that they did not accomplish while they were alive.
On an episode of Syfy’s Destination Truth, Josh Gates and his team go to Guam to investigate the Taotaomona. During their visit, they went to go see a family that claimed to have proof of the Taotaomona’s existence. The evidence was an EVP the family captured on their audiocassette. As they played the recording, you hear a creepy moan that sounds just like a zombie. Being a fan of zombies, it was definitely an intriguing EVP.
Unfortunately for zombie fans, they aren’t your typical flesh eating creatures, so you’ll have to leave the guns and ammunition behind (bummer, I know). However, Taotaomonoa’s can be unforgiving. In order to investigate the forests, caves, or any place where the Taotaomona has been seen, you must have permission. If you fail to comply with their request, they’ll have no choice but to retaliate, since you’re trespassing on their land, even if it’s inadvertent and you didn’t mean to.
There are also sacred things in the forest that you are forbidden to touch. One of these sacred objects are known as Latte Stones. These stones are mysterious constructions that are found throughout the island. It’s believed that the Taotaomonas are connected to these stones. If you step on them intentionally or again inadvertently, you’ll have to pay the price. However, there is a way to have the Taotaomona welcome you as their guests. Say this with a loud and strong conviction: “gue’la yan gue’lo, kao sina you’ manule’ titanium-mu ya yanggen matto hao gi tano-hu’ fanule’ ha sin mamaisen,” and you will be welcomed. Easy enough right?
Planning to check out Guam and Taotaomona? Then keep in mind to be respectful, and you will have nothing to worry about. And don’t forget to say“gue’la yan gue’lo, kao sina you’ manule’ titanium-mu ya yanggen matto hao gi tano-hu’ fanule’ ha sin mamaisen.” I’d start practicing.