Folklore in my country is highly superstitious and rather frightening please read on…

Brief History.Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is an island off the coast of Venezuela and south Grenada in the Lesser Antilles. The island was re- discovered by Christoper Columbus in the year 1498 on his third voyage. Prior to his discovery the island was home to the Carib and Arawak people. 

Trinidadians and Tobagonians carry on an ancient belief in the folklore of our land.Folklore is the beliefs customs and stories of a community, passed on through the generations by word of mouth.

Douens.( Dwens )DouenDouen

One of the more fascinating of these folklore is the story of the douen. The douen is said to be the lost soul of children who have died before being baptized. They are said to roam the earth forever. Stories of douens are popular especially in the rural areas of Trinidad. They are also said to come by people’s houses crying and whimpering. Children who are lured by douens are said to believe that they are children as well. They roam the land in pursuit of children who have not been christened or baptized like themselves.

How to recognize a douen.
The douen is said to wear a large floppy hat and to be just like a little child. The only different attribute is that the douen’s feet are faced backward. The douen also makes a mesmerizing and distinguished whooping sound at night. { True story…I’ve heard it but cannot tell if it is a douen because I haven’t seen it.} 

Although considered a myth there have been actual encounters of douens in rural areas of Trinidad according to some children. These reports are accordingly from Piparo , Penal and Barrakpore which are rural and forested areas. Hunters also tell of the douen’s modest side as it seeks to protect the animals being hunted by distracting the hunters with it’s loud whooping sound. { Also true as I have heard these stories myself from different individuals.}

Folklore teaches that you must not call your child’s name out loud in an open space in rural areas as the douen learns the child’s name and will call him/ her as if knowing them.

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