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