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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Philippines’ Spirits Of The Wilderness
Engkantos and Engkantadas
From Net sources, looks like Engkantos and Engkantadas are collective terms for
any supernatural beings believed by the Filipino people, they would probably be
called ‘tree spirits’, fairies or the like in other parts of the world. They
are described to be fair skinned, blond, and blue or green eyes and far shorter
or much taller than the average Filipino. They are also believed to be mostly
tree dwellers. They are remembered for their beauty, grace and charm which
attracts many people.
Some common local beliefs
·Albinos are believed to be children of the
·After the Angelus (6pm) parents do not allow
their children to play outside the house because spirits are most active
·When you are swimming in the river and see
engkantos, quickly excuse yourself because they may inflict sickness to you or
change you into a flower or an ugly beast. (Provided you are practising Asma
Sungai Rajah of course!)
·You must say “tabi-tabi po” (execuse me) to make the spirits
know your presence or something bad may happen.
·The enchantress of the spring is a lovely
maiden. If you see her, you may behold her enchanting beauty. Never utter a
word or a sound for in this occasion it may actually save your life.
·A lovely boy/girl should not stay long outside
the house to avoid being taken by engkantos.
·You must never reciprocate the love of an
engkantada or engkantado for in doing this you would not only lose your world
but also lose your soul.
·Gathering orchids without permission will make
you shed bitter tears for an enchantress might transform herself into a flower
and will punish you for your wrong doing. The enchantress will make every tear
drop shed a lifetime of regret.
Engkantos are said to be angels who revolted with Lucifer
against the Lord. When the angels of God drove them out of heaven, some fell on
earth. Those who fell in the forest or thick woods and lived in trees are the
engkantos. Hence they will possess some extraordinary powers but are limited.
·Engkantos are angered if being disturbed.
·If an engkanto loves a person, it will take
him/her to their graves.
·Engkantos do mischief on full moons.
·If an engkanto hates you, you will become sick
until he pities you.
·Engkantos are beings who refuse to worship God.
The good ones will help people, while the evil ones harm.
·Engkantos are good looking beings. They don't
·They like silent type of people who dress decent
and who never swear.
·They can change their appearance.
·Engkantos often ride in golden chariots pulled
by white stallions.
·Engkantos are believed to dwell in the famous
·Never interrupt or say anything if you hear
music coming from a Balete tree for the engkantadas are having a party.
·Engkantos also inhabit in caves.
·Howling of dogs.
·Hen cackling means presence of engkantos. Throw
a handful of salt to stop the hens from cackling and at the same time to drive
away the spirits.
Do's and Dont's
·Don't laugh or point to a Balete tree for fairies
and enchantress may be living there.
·If you cut a Balete tree, you will be punished
for destroying the place where the fairies and the enchantresses dwell.
·If a person is believed to have been taken by an
engkanto, perform drumming near a Balete tree to recover the lost persons.