Anting-Anting Stories - And other Strange Tales of the by Sargent Kayme

By Sargent Kayme

The Anting-Anting is either talisman and fetich: it's the Filipino model of fine medication. The characters and occasions in those 11 tales are from an previous, much less revolutionary period. those tales include event, mystical parts, pirates, pearls, man-apes, towering volcanoes, unusual animals and birds, or even stranger males, pythons, bejuco ropes stained with human blood, feathering palm timber at one second fanned via delicate tropical breezes and the subsequent uprooted and hurled apart by way of tornadoes. Mr. Kayme tells the 11 tales, and tells them cleverly,from the purpose of a non-Filipino having a look in on Filipino existence and makes no try to imitate Kipling. Kayme's "Anting-Anting" tales provide the local Filipino of unmixed blood a spot in western fiction. within the overdue nineteenth C. he was once favourably in comparison to the North American Indian of an analogous period. yet that was once over a hundred years in the past and perceptions and attitudes have replaced much in view that 1901. So pickup this attention-grabbing quantity, settle right into a secure chair and input into the vibrant international of Filipino lifestyles, people ideals and superstitions of 100 years in the past. And in the event you should still ever stopover at the Philippines, do not be shocked to discover that those superstitions are as well-known this day as they have been a century in the past.

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If I poured wine from the other gourd into another cup and drank, I was under obligations as a guest only while I was under the roof. I took the cup from the table and drank the half portion of wine which she had left in it. [167] “Thank you,” the woman said. ” Then, sitting on a bamboo stool near my hammock, she began to talk. Only, at times, as she told me her story, she would rise and walk up and down the porch, as if she could tell some things easier walking than when sitting still. Much of what she told me I shall not write down here; but enough for an understanding of the strange things which followed.

That he had been taken alive, instead of having been killed in the fight in which he was captured, the man firmly believed to be due to the fact that he was wearing the shirt at the time. A native servant in the employ of one of the officers of the company had explained later that such an “anting-anting” as this was highly prized, and that it increased in value with its age. Only certain “wise men” had the right to add a new island to the number of those painted on the garment, and before this could be done the wearer of the shirt must [198] have performed some great deed of valour in that particular island.

I have just discovered indisputable proofs of that fact. He has agreed to run the gunboat aground on a ledge near one of the Gigantes Islands, on which a force of insurgents is to be hidden, large enough to overpower the men on the gunboat in her disabled condition. Do not let her leave Ilo Ilo until you have a new pilot, and one you are sure of. ” Captain James Demauny, of the American army in the Philippine Islands, folded the dispatch which he had just written, and sealed it. ” Captain Demauny’s company was then at Pasi, a small inland town in the island of Panay.

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