Nihillowen, Queen of Pachkenum, also known as the Lady of the Dead, is the personification of death and keeper of fire. Nihillowen is the keeper that watches over the bones of the dead and gives voice to the dead spirits that have not yet been reclaimed from the frozen waters of Kittahikan. She is usually depicted as a snake and snakes are viewed as an omen of death among the Tiyanak. According to legend, she was the first Tiyanak female who ever died and her husband the first Tiyanak male. Those that make it to her fortress receives liberation from the cycle of life and eternal rest. Nihillowen is usually depicted as an owl. The festival of the dead is celebrated in her honour.

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