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Biloko (plural) are dwarf-like creatures from Mongo myth.


While hairless, biloko grow moss and grass on their pot-bellied bodies and wear clothing made of leaves. They have eyes that glow like fire and jaws which can stretch wide enough to swallow a human whole. Their claws are long and sharp.


It is said that biloko are the spirits of ancestors who have a grudge to settle with the living. They lurk deep within forests, where they live within tree trunks and protect their treasures, such as game and rare fruits. While hunting, they carry small bells which they ring to attract travelers, with a magic strong enough that only the most skilled of hunters with magical protection can escape once they hear it chime. Once they've lured their prey, they swallow the human whole, then spit out their bones afterwards. They have gentle, childlike voices.

Related stories[]

One day a hunter took his wife, at her insistence, into the forest, where he had a hut with a palisade around it. When he went out to inspect his traps, he told her: "When you hear a bell, do not move. If you do, you will die!" Soon after he had left, she heard the charming sound of a little bell coming closer, for the Eloko has a good nose for feminine flesh. Finally, a gentle voice asked to be let in to his room. It was like the voice of a child. The woman opened the door and there was an Eloko, smelling like the forest, looking small and innocent. She offered him banana mash with fried fish but he refused: "We eat only human meat. I have not eaten for a long time. Give me a piece of your arm." At last the woman consented, totally under the spell of the Eloko. That night, the husband found her bones.

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