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 past, much less innovative period. those tales comprise event, mystical components, pirates, pearls, man-apes, towering volcanoes, unusual animals and birds, or even stranger males, pythons, bejuco ropes stained with human blood, feathering palm timber at one second fanned by way of tender 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 having 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 was once favourably in comparison to the North American Indian of an identical period. yet that was once over a hundred years in the past and perceptions and attitudes have replaced much considering the fact that 1901. So pickup this fascinating quantity, settle right into a relaxed chair and input into the vibrant global of Filipino lifestyles, people ideals and superstitions of 100 years in the past. And in the event you should still ever stopover at the Philippines, do not be stunned to discover that those superstitions are as typical this day as they have been a century in the past.
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The woman turned her head toward the spot from which the sound had come, as if she heard the noise of the stick upon the stones, but although we were only a little way from each other, there was no expression in her face to indicate that she saw me. Then she spoke. ” There was no answer, and she called again, clearer and louder. ” There was a sound of swift steps on the stones, and a moment later another woman—an older woman—came from behind one of the rocks.  As if in answer to some question in the girl’s face, the woman looked down and saw me.
A soldier was on duty in the room. ’  “The ‘teniente’ looked at the can curiously, and then, handing it to me, asked me if I knew what it was. ”‘It is a can in which a kind of strong liquor sometimes comes,’ I said. 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.
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.