By Sargent Kayme
The Anting-Anting is either talisman and fetich: it's the Filipino model of excellent drugs. The characters and occasions in those 11 tales are from an prior, much less innovative 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 bushes at one second fanned by means of delicate tropical breezes and the following uprooted and hurled apart via tornadoes. Mr. Kayme tells the 11 tales, and tells them cleverly,from the purpose of a non-Filipino taking a look in on Filipino existence and makes no try to imitate Kipling. Kayme's "Anting-Anting" tales supply the local Filipino of unmixed blood a spot in western fiction. within the past due nineteenth C. he used to be favourably in comparison to the North American Indian of an analogous period. yet that used to be over a hundred years in the past and perceptions and attitudes have replaced much given that 1901. So pickup this fascinating quantity, settle right into a relaxed chair and input into the vibrant international of Filipino lifestyles, folks ideals and superstitions of 100 years in the past. And should you should still ever stopover at the Philippines, do not be stunned to discover that those superstitions are as general at the present time as they have been a century in the past.
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A broad porch was built against one side of the house, and under this were hung fibre hammocks. The woman pointed me to one of these hammocks, and leaving me there went into the house. When she came back she brought two gourds filled with some kind of home-made wine, and two wooden cups. The girl, coming just behind her, brought a basket of fruit which the woman took from her and placed upon a bamboo stand beside my hammock. Then, filling one of the cups from a gourd, she drank half its contents and set the cup down, fixing her eyes on mine as she did so.
Then I unscrewed the top. The can was empty, but I showed him that there was still a strong and pungent odor which lingered in it. The explanation satisfied him. The late governor had been known to be a man who had more than a passing liking for strong liquors. “I did not feel called upon to explain that the can was a chloroform can, and that no one in the place but myself had any like it. “When I went home, though, and counted my stock, I found, as I had expected, that it was one can short; and that the cone and cotton which I had used for giving the drug had been replaced by one freshly made.
161] Above the bushes there was a zone of rock, broken in places into huge boulders, and then between this and the cone was the sulphur field, glowing, now that I was near enough to see it, with a richness of colouring such as no painter’s palette could reproduce. From darkest green to deepest blue, through all the tints and shades of yellow, the colour scheme went, with here and there a touch of rose. I had stopped a moment to get breath and to gaze at the wonderful scene before me when there came into it and stood still between two great rocks, as a living picture might have stepped up into its frame, a woman, the strangest to look at that I have ever seen.
Anting-Anting Stories - And other Strange Tales of the Filipinos by Sargent Kayme