Monday, April 4, 2011

I BABUEN KUARESMA


This little critter is, of course, not the Babuen Kuaresma but a young wild pig, which my uncle in Urunao wants to raise. 

Pigs were brought to the Marianas by the Spaniards shortly after the founding of the first Catholic mission (1668).  Some escaped into the jungle and became wild.  The "babuen hålom tåno'" are fierce.  They have sharp tusks called "kotniyo." 

Children were sometimes warned by parents that one of these wild boars would bite them if they broke the Lenten rules, such as making noise at a time when all should quietly think of the suffering of Jesus.  This became the "babuen kuaresma," the Lenten boar or pig.

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