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|Title:||The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo - Dalakitnon|
|Art Type:||Interior Page|
Kajo Baldisimo (all)
8.5 x 11 / Ballpoint Pen
Dalakitnons are a race of Elf-like creatures in Philippine mythology In the Visayas region, they were believed to be handsome and beautiful creatures that resemble nobles and monarchs of the prehispanic Philippines, They dwell on Dalakit trees (Balete, Dakit) hence the name Dalakitnon which literally means From the Dalakit or Dakit tree These mythological race exhibits sexual dinporphism the men having light colored skin and very dark hair and women having bronze-brown skin and brown hair.
In The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo, the titular character was a Spanish explorer who came to the Philippines in the early 19th century during the Spanish colonization. Pardo studied the creatures of local folklore—among them the aswang, kapre, bakunawa, duwende, tikbalang, tiyanak, and manananggal—and chronicled his eyewitness observations in a journal which also contained hair-raising illustrations of its subject matter. Pardo’s writings, which were gone from the light of day for two centuries, ends up in the hands of one of his modern-day descendants and a colleague—and the result is this book, a chilling look into the world of Philippine folklore’s ghastly beings. Things turn a lot darker when the colleague suddenly disappears and a lot of unfortunate events followed soon after. Cursed or whatever you might call it, this book details popular creatures from Philippine folklore as well as how can one defend oneself from the creatures when confronted. The chapter “Defending Against the Dark” emphasizes the need to always be ready and identifies which weapons are the most effective.