Trinidad Folklore Douen

Trini Folklore: Douen

Douen, Duende, Douaine, Doune, Dwen, Duegne (n): A Trinidad folklore character, the spirit of a child who died before baptism.  Douens wear large hats, have backwards-pointing feet, utter a soft hooting cry, and often lead children to wander off.  <Spanish duende ‘goblin’>

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Trinidad folklore Papa Bois

Trini Folklore: Papa Bois

The oral traditions of Trinidad and Tobago originated with our ancestors from West Africa and East India. As such, local author Michael Anthony is preserving the legend of Papa Bois and other stories with books such as Caribbean Folktales and Fantasies.

Trini Soucouyant

Trini Folklore: Soucouyant

Soucouyant (n): A person, usually an old woman, who sheds her skin, travels as a ball of fire and sucks people’s blood, leaving a blue mark.

La Jahbess from Trinidad folklore

Trini Folklore: La Jabless

La Jabless from French la ‘the’ + diablesse ‘female devil’.