Saturday, 19 Jun 2021

Various Types of Capiznon Folklore/Folktales

In your own perspective, describe the various types of Capiznon folklore/folktales in relation to the particular historical conditions that had produced them.

Capiz are known for being a seafood capital of the Philippines since it holds one of the riches and bounty of fishing grounds and supplier in the aquamarine industry such as prawns and milkfish. Dried fish are also found in Capiz. Capiz are also rich in folklores, since most of the elders during in the past love to tell stories to their younger ones. It was shared from one generation to the next generation through verbal. Sharing thoughts and stories are one of the culture of Filipinos just to ease boredom and to preserve our culture and tradition to the next generations. One of the stories that was believed by most of our elders are their beliefs in mythical creatures. They always tell their children and try to share their knowledge about them. Culture that they were used to were also transmitted through oral, observation, and imitation. Tales, legends, untold stories, songs and dances history, jokes and proverbs. All of this are passed by our ancestors and has been written to serves as our account for it. These printed materials serve as our resources to study and remember various Philippine literature that mirrors our life in past, culture, custom, and beliefs.

2. Each ethnic people has their own unique set of belief systems, which includes the belief in various mythological creatures and some people tried to claim the existence and truth and some just debunk these. Choose 1 mythical creature/ folklore /folktale then write a position paper about it. Your position paper should consist of introduction, body/discussion, and conclusion.

(Note: A position paper is an essay that presents an arguable opinion about an

issue – typically that of the author or some specified entity.)

Nuno sa Punso

Nuno sa punso or a goblin and dwarf-like who lives in the mound are one of the creatures of the soil. They provide a person who ever steps their shelter with luck or misfortune depending on the wrongs you did to them. The nuno is described as an old-man whose very small with a long white beard. It was said that nuno is different from duwende since nuno, are aggressive especially if they are angry to those people who disturb and damage his mound. They seek revenge like making your foot swollen or throw itchy dust in your body to make it irritated and uncomfortable. While duwende are known as playful hobgoblin since they like to show their selves especially to children and plays with them. Nuno sa punso are very serious in making your life miserable if you messed up with them, it was believed that they inhabit places like near trees, caves, and backyard.

Nuno sa punso possess various magical abilities and its very dangerous to those who tried to make troubles with them. They have an ability to curse trespassers such as vomiting blood, urinating black liquid, and excessive hair growth on the back. These swearwords will be successfully taken to trespassers if they are in close in the mound where the nuno lives. If they are closer within the range of nuno, it will be easier for them to spit their curses in any part of the body of trespassers, and will experience to feel pain and aches with the affected body. Nuno are easily gets mad especially if trespassers are being not careful with their actions like urinating in the mound, and accidentally or not after kicking their shelter. Most of Filipino people believed that the victim who experienced the wrath of a nuno should be brought to a certain albularyo to perform “pagtatawas” wherein he will determine the causes of the victim’s sickness. In order to be cured, the family of the victim are asked to give an offer to the nuno for compensation like fruits or other foods, and drinks. And it is necessary to personally asked forgiveness to them to avoid permanent possessions and sickness caused by them. One of the methods and should be avoided to remove the spell is catching the nuno and crashing its head to death. But, it is not recommended because the nuno’s family or friends may forever spell you to death. In order to avoid these situations, people especially children are reminded not to play outside between noon and three o’clock on the afternoon since most of the nuno are wondering around. Children are also instructed by the elders to be quiet and avoid being noisy at places where mound are present to avoid disturbance to nuno. Children are also taught to ask always permission when passing by such places where nuno live by saying, “tabi-tabi po”, to let them know that you will pass through their territory and you don’t want to cause harm to them.

Nuno of the punso are one of the protectors of the earth in which they have the abiliy to sence goodness and evilness in a person. All we have to do is to stay away from them, and we should respect them to avoid such curses that can lead to your own death.

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