So I decided to just do a whole run and continue my exploration of philippines mythical creatures…..I will only go through the ones I’ve heard of though. :)
Duwende are goblins, hobgoblins, elves or dwarfs (Spanish: duende “goblin, elf, charm” < “duen de (casa)“, owner of the house). They are little creatures who can provide good fortune or bad fate to humans. In the Philippines, duwendes frequently live in houses, in trees, underground, termite like mound or hill, and in rural areas. They are known to be either good or mischievous, depending on how homeowners treat them. They usually come out at 12 noon for an hour and during the night. Filipinos always mutter words (“tabi-tabi po” or “bari-bari apo ma ka ilabas kami apo”) asking them to excuse themselves for bothering the Duwendes. Filipinos would leave food on the floor, so that the duwende residing (or guarding) the house would not be angry with them. They also take your things,and laugh at you when you try to find it. They give it back when they feel like it,or when you tell them to please give it back.
Like most fae type creatures, they are mischievous and can somewhat be dangerous if left alone. The little article up top pretty much surmises what the whole deal is with them so I will share some personal stories of them.
When you are a kid in the Philippines, you always hear stories about these things, especially for me since I live in the rural and urban parts of the Philippines. Don’t go into the grassy areas, always be polite to them, etc etc.
One of the first instances that I’ve “ran” into them are whenever I used to visit our grandma, I would always hear running in the roof, and my parents would always tell me it’s the duwendes causing mischief. I was a smart kid back then as well but I figured it was the truth, it didn’t sound like rat or small animal footsteps, it sounded like something bipedal, and it always sounded the same, and it always scurried the same way. The house was not a fancy house like up here in the western world so the probability of a small animal being stuck there was highly unlikely. For the longest time, I tried to catch them to no avail. For years, the same thing occurred.
The second time we ran into them was also in my grandmas. I think I mentioned here already how my grandma was basically “hexed” by these things, giving her a load of bad luck. It was also one of my most defining moments in magick where I met an “event” not easily explained by science or rationality. We had to get a healer to help her and set some protective amulets for us. Also the way the healer used divination to find out what was attacking her was something I will never forget.
The Duwende is prolly the most popular entity in the Philippines. It has probably single handedly permeated our culture. Everyone, and I mean everyone has stories about this creature.