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- Publication Date: December 30, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AV8Q9Y2
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Superstition, Pirates, Ghosts and Folklore of Bocas del Toro, Panama Kindle Edition
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The book consists of first hand accounts of the superstitions and folklore as told by old-time residents of the area, and in their own words. I like that the author includes photos of these people.
Before there was TV, the people were more aware of their neighbors and the spiritual things happening around them in this archipelago. First there were the indigenous, and then the slaves from the Caribbean who brought their voodoo and African witchcraft practices. And lots of pirates. After that came the Christian missionaries.
The first part of the book lists superstitions by category. How to avoid bad luck and evil intentions, types and accounts of the visits of evil spirits, omens, placing protective plants, pictures and mirrors in the home, how to walk to avoid being followed by an evil spirit and how to prevent it from entering your home. How to tell if a visitor is a friend or an evil spirit before letting them in the house, and how to get rid of party guests overstaying their welcome.
Other superstitions listed are about mothers and babies, dealing with the dead, snakes and fishing, some Chinese lore and disciplining children.
I loved the pirate stories. The Bocas lagoons were used as a base from which to attack Spanish treasure ships on their way back to Spain. It's believed that there is still a lot of buried treasure in the peninsula.
Before you go treasure hunting, however, there are a few protocols to be observed. Apparently you are supposed to wait for a pirate ghost to visit you in a dream, and reveal the existence and location of the treasure. He will also inform you of any other conditions attached to the use of the treasure. If you fail to follow his advice you will surely meet an untimely death. The tales of treasure hunters who met their doom is incredible. There are also some other interesting murder stories in this book.
A good read. Entertaining. Strange tales and events with some good words of wisdom as well.
This book begins with a collection of superstitions and beliefs from the Bocas del Toro, probably less interesting than the following section where the author delves into the pirate and treasure hunting history of this Caribbean area.
The author interviewed residents of the Bocas del toro area, and these stories, along with photos of the story-tellers add credibility and much interesting history and folklore, tales of spirits and supernatural happenings to this book.
A very interesting read.
The pirate stories about the darklands shows the battle between man's greed and his fear of the unknown and the spirits that haunt those who dare to try and claim buried treasure that doesn't belong to them. A good spooky read!
I think the real gem of this book is the author's interviews and experiences with locals' accounts of their experiences with the supernatural. I would have loved to travel with the author as he gathered his research and stories from those who had first-hand experience with supernatural occurrences. Well-researched, entertaining, and engrossing.
But I did enjoy reading it and it did give in some insights, well, a lot of insights which I do not know about. This is an uncommon topic, I have not seen many talk or write about this. I did recommend this book to my friends and I recommend it for you as well if you want an exciting and informative time.
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