Thursday, March 19, 2009

Before I Hit The Twig: Become Familiar With Duende!

Duende, by far is the commonly spoken word when you're in the Philippines. It seems like a household word that even kids know what that is and everyone is careful not to offend duende because it can harm the individual. Duende are believed to live under a small hill or a lump soil and the name attached to very small people or a dwarf like the hobbits. I never thought, however, that duende is not a Tagalog word but Spanish until I read the task "Become Familiar With Duende" in the book "2001 Things To Do Before You Die". 

In wikipedia, Duende (mythology) - a fairy- or goblin-like creature in Spanish and Latin American 

Interesting! Now I understand where the Filipinos got their concept of Duende as being a goblin~like~fairy in the Spanish mythology. It is not surprising how that happened because the Philippines is under the Spanish occupation for more than three hundred years!

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