10 March 2009

Garden Denizens


Things found in Philippine gardens: grottos and dwarves/gnomes. I was always mystified by the little ones, and slightly scared of the Mama Ms. Go far enough outside of Manila and you'll see stretches of shops selling oversized flowers and dwarves.

While spotting the above assemblage along the road in Quezon, a friend told me of his aunt's creepy garden, a combination of both sorts: Mama Mary and the Seven Dwarves. Sounds like a perfect representation of our native belief system indeed, with our faith and fears built around statues and duendes-- and appeasing said statues and duendes with food, kind words, etc.

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