CREATURES OF PHILIPPINE MYTHOLOGY: Episode Two
KAPRE: The Tree Dweller
If you notice the scent of tobacco in the Philippine jungle, see the glow of embers near a giant tree, or you feel the eyes of an 8 foot beast upon you while you sleep, it might just be the Kapre. What is perhaps the simplest creature in Philippine Mythology, turns out to have a very complicated past. In this episode, we peel away the layers that comprise the origin, history and evolution of the Kapre. Journey back to the pre-Spanish Philippines where animist beliefs created a huge black spirit that watched people from the trees. Follow the etymology of the term “kapre”, and discover why the creature is always smoking cigars.