Oral Traditions – Duennes? in Sangre Grande

This unusual wall painting took thebookmann by surprise. At first, these three short ‘tick’ individuals wearing large straw hats looked like the local folklore character called Duennes, and like the tale, rather than overlooking your front garden, these three Spanish inhabitants are overlooking a village that is presumably Sangre Grande, Trinidad.

Duennes lurk on the fringes of your garden and call out to your unattended children to come out and play. Duennes are one of the many colourful but frightening folklore characters from Trinidad and Tobago and they are the result of children who have died before they have been baptised. Duennes have a distinguishing deformity where their feet are backwards. This is to cover their tracks as they lure children into the forest and get them lost. These stocky creatures are faceless with the exception of having a mouth to eat their favourite food, land crab.

Oral traditions in folklore are used to scare children and to place some order of obedience- thebookmann

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