Tag Archives: filipino myth


Hiwit

Context:The interlocutor (JP) is the mother of the interviewer (INT). She and her family grew up in Bacolod, Philippines, and lived there up until she moved in her 20s. Since then, she’s lived in Los Angeles. Description: (told in person)(JP): “Apparently ginger was a thing to ward off the spirits, especially for babies. So my… Continue Reading »

Philippino Folklore: Pagtatawas, Mantanda sa Punso and Engkantos

Context: The informant is a Filipino American woman in her late twenties. I asked her if she knew any stories or folklore from either friends or possibly any folklore from her family and her culture. She mentioned her mother knew many stories about spirits and creatures in the Philippines. The main piece is told in… Continue Reading »

Aswang

The 21-year-old informant was born in the Philippines, but moved to the U.S. at the age of 9. As ghosts and other mythical creatures play a large role in Filipino culture, the informant recounts personal stories and myths that she encountered during her time in the Philippines. Informant: “I remember hearing about this when I was little… It’s one… Continue Reading »

Duwende

The 21-year-old informant was born in the Philippines, but moved to the U.S. (Hawaii) at the age of 9. As ghosts and other mythical creatures play a large role in Filipino culture, the informant recounts personal stories and myths that she encountered during her time in the Philippines. Informant: “So there’s this thing called a ‘duwende’– literally, dwarves…. Continue Reading »