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Abbr. PR or P.R.
A self-governing island commonwealth of the United States in the Caribbean Sea east of Hispaniola.
   And they firmly thought that I, with those ships and people, came from
   heaven and, in that mindset, they received me in every corner, after they
   lost their fear. And this did not happen because they were ignorant, they
   are of subtle intelligence, and men which sail all those seas, it is
   marvelous the way they tell us about everything, except that they had never
   seen people dressed like us nor ships like ours.

      --Cristobal Colon, 1493(1)

Taino Indians saw Christopher Columbus as he arrived in Borinquen in 1493. But in 1898, when the U. S. troops arrived, the Tainos were absent from the welcoming celebrations. Spain's influence lingers, however. One hundred years have passed since the Hispanic-American war, and Spanish is still the island's main language. A preference toward certain kinds of food such as rice and beans Rice and beans, "arroz y habas" or "arroz con habichuelas" "arroz con frijoles" or similar in Spanish, "arroz e feijão" or "feijão com arroz", in Brazilian Portuguese, "du riz a pois/haricots" in French, and "diri ak pwa , an ability to feel Latin musical beats, and family lore 1. Lore - Object-oriented language for knowledge representation. "Etude et Realisation d'un Language Objet: LORE", Y. Caseau, These, Paris-Sud, Nov 1987.
2. Lore - CGE, Marcoussis, France. Set-based language E-mail: Christophe Dony
 and political allegiances are considered, by many, as significant cultural identity markers. Unlike other Spanish-American ethnic groups migrating to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , Puerto Ricans It may never be fully completed or, depending on its its nature, it may be that it can never be completed. However, new and revised entries in the list are always welcome.

This list of Puerto Ricans
 do not process immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important.  papers since they are U.S. citizens. Literally speaking, the Atlantic Ocean Atlantic Ocean [Lat.,=of Atlas], second largest ocean (c.31,800,000 sq mi/82,362,000 sq km; c.36,000,000 sq mi/93,240,000 sq km with marginal seas). Physical Geography
Extent and Seas
 is all that separates Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (pwār`tō rē`kō), island (2005 est. pop. 3,917,000), 3,508 sq mi (9,086 sq km), West Indies, c.1,000 mi (1,610 km) SE of Miami, Fla.  from "America."

Although Spanish is the people's dominant language, English has been accepted by the government as one of its official languages. Latin music may reign on Caribbean airwaves airwaves
Noun, pl

Informal radio waves used in radio and television broadcasting
, but English radio stations command their place, too. "Who do you feel is your Mother country, Spain or the United States?" is a question asked of some children in local schools. Many question the analogy by replying: "Well, if Spain is my mother, is the U.S.A. my father?" Jose Luis Gonzalez Luis Gonzalez is a common personal name that can refer to different people:
  • Luis Emilio González (baseball outfielder): a Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers
 (1980) says the Puerto Rican cultural identity is a complicated matter, since the nation-state has been constructed on "four floors." Gonzalez's book, titled El Pais de Cuatro cuat·ro  
n. pl. cuat·ros
A small guitarlike instrument of Latin America, usually having four or five pairs of strings.

[Spanish, from Latin quattuor, four; see quatrain.]
 Pisos (The Country of Four Floors), describes the national identity as being composed of four others: Indians and blacks (floor one); European immigrants, specifically Spaniards (floor two); North Americans North American

named after North America.

North American blastomycosis
see North American blastomycosis.

North American cattle tick
see boophilusannulatus.
 (floor three); and an urbanized racial mixture (floor four).

   I must add, however, that the inhabitants are very loyal to the King, and
   display an innocence and candor which I have neither seen nor heard of
   elsewhere in America.... In all the island, there are only two schools for
   children; outside of Puerto Rico [San Juan] and the villa of San German,
   few know how to read. They count time by epochs of government, hurricanes,
   visits of the Bishop, arrivals of ships, or funds from Mexico. (Alejandro
   O'Reilly, 1765, as cited in Wagenheim & Wagenheim, 1996, p. 31)

Following Gonzalez's metaphor, it is possible to argue that Puerto Rico's oral history is one that has been composed of unique, distinct and, in many cases, contradictory voices. A joke I heard when growing up in Puerto Rico was about a woman who had fallen in a river. As the townspeople ran to her husband yelling yell  
v. yelled, yell·ing, yells

To cry out loudly, as in pain, fright, surprise, or enthusiasm.
To utter or express with a loud cry. See Synonyms at shout.

 about the accident, the husband replied: "Let us look for her up-stream." "But, Sir, the river flows downward," the people replied. "Yes, I know. But my wife always goes against the flow." In a polyphonic The ability to play back some number of musical notes simultaneously. For example, 16-voice polyphony means a total of 16 notes, or waveforms, can be played concurrently.  society, nothing conveys contradictions better than its folklore.

When describing the essential quality of Puerto Rican folklore, scholars are usually at a loss for words since it is difficult to explain such cultural richness, complexities, and tensions. For example, Tio Nazario de Figueroa (1967) says: "Puerto Ricans are great friends of dancing. The origin of their dances has been traced to the great Indian Areytos and the primitive rhythms of Congo and other regions of Africa The continent of Africa can be conceptually subdivided into a number of regions or subregions. Directional approach
One common approach categorises Africa directionally, e.g.
.... However, we don't want to imply that all dances are Afro-Indian since we also have Spanish and Arabian influences" (pp. 27-28).(2)

Interestingly, Nazario de Figueroa's statement is footnoted with an editorial comment stating that Indian influences in Puerto Rican dances have not been verified, therefore, for possible origins, the reader should investigate the traditional dances from Spain. This narrative shows the difficulties encountered when trying to situate sit·u·ate  
tr.v. sit·u·at·ed, sit·u·at·ing, sit·u·ates
1. To place in a certain spot or position; locate.

2. To place under particular circumstances or in a given condition.

 folklore based on blurred classifications. However, the blurred classifications are not consequences of attaching incorrect semantic labels, but the result of fluid margins because of the nature of this folklore community.

Nonetheless, it is possible to ascertain that Puerto Rican folkloric expressions, in one way or another, reflect influences or elements from Indian, black, and Spanish traditions (Manrique Cabrera, 1969, p. 408). Structurally, some of the popular oral modalities Modalities
The factors and circumstances that cause a patient's symptoms to improve or worsen, including weather, time of day, effects of food, and similar factors.
 use complex lyrical forms such as: "decimas [which are] (10-stanza couplets) of the anonymous popular poets, who still improvise im·pro·vise  
v. im·pro·vised, im·pro·vis·ing, im·pro·vis·es
1. To invent, compose, or perform with little or no preparation.

 their chants and play the traditional instruments: the guiro gui·ro  
n. pl. gui·ros
A Latin American percussion instrument made of a hollow gourd with a grooved or serrated surface, played by scraping with a stick or rod.
, the cuatro, the tiple, and the guitar" (Babin, 1983, p. 320). In addition to the decimas, Rivera de Alvarez (1983) describes other types of oral expressions used in Puerto Rico, such as the romances and romancillos (short narratives or lyrical poems in octosyllable oc·to·syl·la·ble  
1. also oc·to·syl·lab·ic
a. A line of verse containing eight syllables.

b. A poem having eight syllables in each line.

2. A word of eight syllables.
 meters), coplas (ballads), cantos (songs), rimas infantiles (nursery rhymes nursery rhymes, verses, generally brief and usually anonymous, for children. The best-known examples are in English and date mostly from the 17th cent. A popular type of rhyme is used in "counting-out" games, e.g., "Eenie, meenie, minie, mo. ), refranes (proverbs Proverbs, book of the Bible. It is a collection of sayings, many of them moral maxims, in no special order. The teaching is of a practical nature; it does not dwell on the salvation-historical traditions of Israel, but is individual and universal based on the ), adivinanzas (riddles), and cuentos (folktales) (pp. 59-91).

That the importance of oral history has been recognized in this culture can best be summed up by the words of Don Rafael Ramirez Rafael Ramirez can refer to:
  • Rafael Ramírez, a Dominican baseball player.
  • Rafael Ramírez, a Venezuelan official.
 de Arellano (1926), a Puerto Rican educator-philosopher who collected samples of folklore eleven years after Mason completed his field project. Says Ramirez de Arellano: "the best preparation for the future is the complete and exact knowledge of the past" (p. 7).

   We have profound consideration for your national ideas; you must treat our
   local ideas with a similar consideration.

      --Luis Munoz Rivera, 1916(3)

A slight detour into some history on Puerto Rican children's literature children's literature, writing whose primary audience is children.

See also children's book illustration. The Beginnings of Children's Literature

The earliest of what came to be regarded as children's literature was first meant for adults.
 is necessary for locating the position of printed folktales within the educational system. A chronicle of Puerto Rican children's literature has been given most notably by Ester Feliciano Mendoza (1969), Carmen Carmen

throws over lover for another. [Fr. Lit.: Carmen; Fr. Opera: Bizet, Carmen, Westerman, 189–190]

See : Faithlessness


the cards repeatedly spell her death. [Fr.
 Bravo BRAVO Cardiology A clinical trial–Blockade of the GP IIB/IIIA Receptor to Avoid Vascular Occlusion– which evaluated lotrafiban in preventing strokes and acute MI. See GP IIB/IIIA.  Villasante (1966), and Flor Pineiro de Rivera (1987). Most chroniclers agree that a desire to provide Puerto Rican children with relevant literature emerged in 1882 when an educator, Eugenio Maria de Hostos, wrote "El Libro de Mis Hijos" (The Book for My Children). De Hostos's short stories were recommended as valuable literature because children received "wise advice" while decoding de·code  
tr.v. de·cod·ed, de·cod·ing, de·codes
1. To convert from code into plain text.

2. To convert from a scrambled electronic signal into an interpretable one.

 the text. However, Feliciano Mendoza (1969) noted that the book should not be considered as initiating a children's literature publishing trend because its intended audience was not children (p. 444).

It was not until 1898, when the United States assumed control over the island's educational system and found books unavailable, that a new publishing trend was established. The directives from the federal educational officer were that if in three months locals could not produce suitable Spanish books for children, then all instruction would be switched to English. Feliciano Mendoza describes how Manuel Fernandez Juncos, a Spaniard living in Puerto Rico, "created the miracle" by translating the text of and composing Spanish songs for Sarah Louise Arnold and Charles B. Gilbert's book First Steps in English into a Spanish version titled, Los Primeros Pasos en Castellano, within the required time. Afterward af·ter·ward   also af·ter·wards
At a later time; subsequently.

Adv. 1. afterward - happening at a time subsequent to a reference time; "he apologized subsequently"; "he's going to the store but he'll be back here
, Fernandez Juncos compiled "Antologia Puertorriquena" (Puerto Rican Anthology), which he described as stories written for a young adult audience. Subsequently, he wrote "Semblanzas Puertorriquefias" (Biographical Sketches of Puerto Ricans), stories which presented prominent locals in a "delightful way" (Feliciano Mendoza, 1969, pp. 445-46). Other local authors followed Fernandez Juncos's lead, and Flor Pineiro (1987, pp. 4-35) provides an extensive listing of children's titles and book awards received during the past 100 years.

While local authors were producing various remarkable works for adults and children (for a comprehensive history and chronology chronology,
n the arrangement of events in a time sequence, usually from the beginning to the end of an event.
, see Rivera de Alvarez, 1983, 1970; Manrique Cabrera, 1982; Martinez Masdeu y Melon melon, fruit of Cucumis melo, a plant of the family Curcurbitaceae (gourd family) native to Asia and now cultivated extensively in warm regions. There are many varieties, differing in taste, color, and skin texture—e.g. , 1970), local educators were dealing with a legacy of a Spanish-English rivalry that was converging on the public schools. Negron de Montilla (1975) details early controversies spanning the years of 1900 through 1930 and notes that most of the initial misunderstandings stemmed from the first six U.S. Commissioners The former designation for U.S. magistrates.  of Education basing their policy decisions on the following 1899 war report:
   That this education should be in English we are clearly of opinion. Porto
   Rico is now and is henceforth to be a part of the American possessions and
   its people are to be American.... At present only one out of every ten
   persons on the island can read and write.... Why, therefore should we
   attempt to teach the other nine Spanish instead of English. The question of
   good citizenship and education can be more easily settled through the
   public schools than by any other method. (U. S. War Department, Division of
   Customs and Insular Affairs, 1899, as cited in Negron Montilla, 1975, p.

Within such an environment of cultural tensions and resistance, English was enforced as the medium for local instruction in 1909. (It is possible to present below some of the reactions from local educators since Wagenheim and Wagenheim [1996] have made available in English a collection of Puerto Rican historical writings covering 500 years.) Glimpses into the recollections of Cayetano Col y Cuchi, who was a member of the Puerto Rican House of Delegates House of Delegates
The lower house of the state legislature in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
, show the children's involvement in the struggle for preserving their Spanish heritage:
   This [language] struggle culminated in 1909. That year an effort was made
   to abolish the teaching of Spanish in the public schools. Our schoolmasters
   were ordered to give their instruction exclusively in English.... We knew
   perfectly well that the soul of a people is incarnated in its language. We
   would have preferred being without a country, to losing our native tongue.
   Upon this issue, we joined battle, and spontaneously my friends and I threw
   ourselves into the thickest of the fight. That was quite natural. But it
   was the children--children of six, seven, and ten years of age--who really
   started the revolt. They were the first to rebel. The men at the head of
   the government were first apprised of the resistance to substituting
   English for Spanish by a pupils' strike. Children refused to attend their
   classes unless they might be instructed in the language of' their fathers
   and their country.... A resort to brutal measures followed. Children were
   expelled from the schools. Those who did not attend English classes, or who
   refused to be taught in that language were turned into the streets. They
   could not continue their studies; their future was ruined. (as cited in
   Wagenheim & Wagenheim, 1996, pp. 144-45)

Unfortunately, the language struggle was far from over in 1909, when even darker clouds covered the island. The U.S. Congress was considering granting citizenship to all Puerto Ricans while restricting local voting rights Voting rights

The right to vote on matters that are put to a vote of security holders. For example the right to vote for directors.

voting rights

The type of voting and the amount of control held by the owners of a class of stock.
 only to literate natives or to local taxpayers. This was a matter of great concern to islanders Islanders may refer to:
  • New York Islanders, a ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York that plays on the National Hockey League (NHL).
  • Puerto Rico Islanders, a Puerto Rican soccer team in the USL First Division, that currently play their home games at Juan Ramon
 because they were already voting on insular insular /in·su·lar/ (-sdbobr-ler) pertaining to the insula or to an island, as the islands of Langerhans.

Of or being an isolated tissue or island of tissue.
 matters under Spanish rule. Munoz Rivera, the resident commissioner in Washington, debated against adopting such a measure before the U.S. House of Representatives. Some of his speech is presented below since it also describes the island's literacy problems during the times:
   By means of this [voting] restriction 165,000 citizens who vote at present
   and who have been voting since the Spanish days would be barred from the
   polls.... Here are the facts: There exist at present 250,000 registered
   electors. Seventy percent of the electoral population is illiterate. There
   will remain, then, 75,000 registered electors. Adding 10,000 illiterate
   taxpayers, there will be a total of 85,000 citizens within the electoral
   register and 165,000 outside of it. I can not figure out, hard as I have
   tried, how those 165,000 Porto Ricans are considered incapable of
   participating in elections of their representatives in the legislature and
   municipalities, while on the other hand they are judged perfectly capable
   of possessing with dignity American citizenship. (as cited in Wagenheim &
   Wagenheim, 1996, p. 133)

Among all these educational, political, and social uncertainties, J. Alden Mason arrived in 1914 with his mission to collect the lore of the Puerto Rican folk. The people, following a long-standing tradition of native hospitality coupled with a knack for spontaneous improvisation improvisation

Creation of music in real time. Improvisation usually involves some preparation beforehand, particularly when there is more than one performer. Despite the central place of notated music in the Western tradition, improvisation has often played a role, from the
 and a healthy dose of common sense, welcomed him. Mason's personal narratives validate this reception:
   The year I stayed in Puerto Rico, from 1914 to 1915, has been one of the
   most pleasant and memorable of my life. In great measure it was due to the
   kindness of many friends that I made, and to the help they gave me.
   Evidence of this is the large volume of material that I was able to
   collect. Most of my time, I spent in Utuado and Loiza, which are considered
   good centers of the Jibaro's [peasants] and Black's folklore, but I also
   collected small samples of folklore in San German, Coamo and many other
   places. (Translated from the Spanish Preface in Adivinanzas: Folklore
   Puertorriqueno, 1960, pp. 9-11)


Behind nearly every collection lies a tale of adventure and a testimony to the dedication of the collectors. (cited in Seeger & Spear, 1985, p. 3)

Table 1 summarizes the various folkloric genres collected by Mason in Puerto Rico. The material was gathered using three methods, which are listed below in ascending ascending /as·cend·ing/ (ah-send´ing) having an upward course.


progressing to higher levels, usually used in reference to the nervous system.
 order of sub-collection size:

1. Mason's phonetic transcriptions Noun 1. phonetic transcription - a transcription intended to represent each distinct speech sound with a separate symbol
transcription, written text - something written, especially copied from one medium to another, as a typewritten version of dictation
 of folktales, poems, riddles;

2. audio recordings of adult performers of ballads, folktales, poems; and

3. children's writings of folktales, which they collected from their illiterate ILLITERATE. This term is applied to one unacquainted with letters.
     2. When an ignorant man, unable to read, signs a deed or agreement, or makes his mark instead of a signature, and he alleges, and can provide that it was falsely read to him, he is not bound by
Table 1.

Oral Form   Description                 Influences and Comparative

Folktales   "Most abundant and          "Many of those folk-tales
            best Spanish-American       ar evidently versions of the
            collection" (Espinosa,      old European riddle-tales;
            1916, p. 423); printed      but a large number are new
            in Journal of American      creations with traditional
            Folklore's volumes 34,      elements confused and
            35, 37.                     mingled" (Espinosa, 1916,
                                        p. 424).

Riddles     Second best collection      More similar to the
            of its kind in Spanish      traditions of Spain than the
            America; 800 riddles        Spanish collections from
            and 1,288 variants;         Argentina or Chile
            Argentinean collection      (Espinosa, 1916, p. 424).
            of Lehmann-Nitsche is
            first with 1,033 riddles
            (Espinosa, 1916, p. 423,

Decimas     "Some of the decimas        May come in octosyllabic or
            and a few of the shorter    hexasyllabic meters,
            aguinaldos show real in-    "Hexasyllabic decimas
            spiration, and many a       dealing with love and
            Spanish poet has not        adventure and especially
            written better poetry"      with biblical traditions,
            (Espinosa, 1918, p. 293);   many being beautiful
            245 decimas,                Christmas carols called
                                        `aguinaldos' all so abundant
                                        in the popular tradition
                                        of Porto Rico, are not well
                                        known in New Mexico"
                                        (Espinosa, 1918, p. 290).

Coplas      "Octosyllabic quatrain      Copla has a rival in the
            in assonance"; 600+         decima. "Everywhere [in
            (1918, p. 290)              Spanish America] the copla
                                        holds undisputed sway, with
                                        the single exception of
                                        Porto Rico" (Espinosa, 1918,
                                        p. 290).

Source: Journal of American Folklore, 1916; 1918.

A basic assumption underlying this article is Bauman's (1977) argument that performance has an effect on the production and dissemination dissemination Medtalk The spread of a pernicious process–eg, CA, acute infection Oncology Metastasis, see there  of folklore. Lord (1960) has shown that when a performer's audience is variable and unstable, then the performer or, using Lord's terminology, the "singer of tales," must also be considered a composer (p. 13). Rivera de Alvarez (1983, p. 91) says that, when modern entertainment media like television, movies, and radio were nonexistent non·ex·is·tence  
1. The condition of not existing.

2. Something that does not exist.

 in Puerto Rico, the most popular entertainment was storytelling Storytelling

semi-legendary fabulist of ancient Greece. [Gk. Lit.: Harvey, 10]


Baron traveler grossly embellishes his experiences. [Ger. Lit.
 using different types of oral expression. The impromptu A Windows query and reporting tool from Cognos with support for a large variety of databases. It is capable of generating cross tabs for spreadsheets such as Excel, Lotus for Windows and Quattro Pro for Windows.  locations for sharing folkloric stories could be in people's homes, velorios (funerals), peasant marketplaces, or nightly meetings in the batey (an Indian courtyard). From such customs emerge the now famous literary storytelling traditions called "Los Cuentos del Batey" (Stories from the Batey). Moreover, Rivera de Alvarez (1983) says that Puerto Rican folklore has roots in the epic performances of the Indian Areytos, where the oral expression was of "singing dances" that recorded the victories of war, customs and traditions, and historical memories of the communities (p. 11). In 1788, Fray fray 1  
1. A scuffle; a brawl. See Synonyms at brawl.

2. A heated dispute or contest.

tr.v. frayed, fray·ing, frays Archaic
1. To alarm; frighten.

 Ifiigo Abbad y Lasierra, a chronicler of Puerto Rican history, described what could be loosely argued as customs exhibiting influences of Indian Areytos:
   The favorite diversion of these islenos [islanders] is dancing: They
   organize a dance for no other reason than to pass the time.... When someone
   gives a dance, the news travels throughout the territory, and hundreds of
   persons come from everywhere, without being invited. Since the houses are
   small most guests stay outside... To begin the dance, the guests stand at
   the foot of the stairs ... and sing a song honoring the owner of the
   house.... Those who grow tired go to sleep in the hammocks, or enter the
   inner room to rest ... others retire to their homes, and return the next
   day, because these dances tend to last for a whole week. (cited in
   Wagenheim & Wagenheim, 1996, p. 35)

Clearly, a "singer of tales" would have ample opportunity to communicate stories on such occasions and, with Puerto Rican audiences "coming and going," it could be suggested that these audiences were similar to the Yugoslavian audiences studied by Lord, where the "instability of the audience require [d] a marked degree of concentration on the part of the singer in order that he may sing at all" (p. 16). The demanding audiences provided an avenue for oral expressions to flourish in both countries. Moreover, Lord (1960) also found that folkloric singers could "belong to any group in society. The oral singer in Yugoslavia is not marked by a class distinction; he is not an oral poet because he is a farmer or a shopkeeper or a bey. He can belong to the `folk,' the merchant class, or the aristocracy aristocracy (ăr'ĭstŏk`rəsē) [Gr.,=rule by the best], in political science, government by a social elite. In the West the political concept of aristocracy derives from Plato's formulation in the Republic. " (p. 20). This classification can also be applied to Puerto Rican folklore creators. Aurelio Espinosa (1918), who was responsible for editing and organizing Mason's collection, commented on the influences and class distinctions of the oral poets who participated either directly or indirectly in the project:
   The poetas or cantadores, as they are called, who compose or recite or sing
   them, are as a rule men of humble walks of life, who have no pretensions of
   any kind. I suspect, however, that in Porto Rico, and perhaps also in other
   countries, the decima is cultivated by more pretentious poets; and it is
   not unlikely that many compositions that have attracted our admiration and
   attention are the product of learned poets, who compose them for the people
   and abandoned them to their fate. A few of the decimas and so-called
   aguinaldos had the names of composers in the manuscript copies; but since
   much of the material was signed by the children of the schools, who
   collected a large part of the material, it was not thought wise to give the
   names of composers. (pp. 290-91)

It is possible to observe nuances in the verbal expressions Noun 1. verbal expression - the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions; "expressions of good will"; "he helped me find verbal expression for my ideas"; "the idea was immediate but the verbalism took hours"
verbalism, expression
 and different grammatical styles of the performers because the Puerto Rican collection resides in printed text and audio format. Seeger and Spear (1985) explained that the audio component greatly benefited from cylinder recording technology that was invented in 1877 by Thomas Edison. Prior to Edison's invention, collectors had to rely either on informants repeating the oral expression several times or on human memory. After Edison's recorder, for the first time, field workers were able to capture "objectively ... [P]itch, rhythm, pronunciation pronunciation: see phonetics; phonology.

Pronunciation - In this dictionary slashes (/../) bracket phonetic pronunciations of words not found in a standard English dictionary.
, inflection inflection, in grammar. In many languages, words or parts of words are arranged in formally similar sets consisting of a root, or base, and various affixes. Thus walking, walks, walker have in common the root walk and the affixes -ing, -s, and , style and expression" and play back the recording to analyze the performance (Seeger & Spear, 1985, pp. 1-13). Since the technology was dependent on wax cylinders, it was fragile but highly adaptive to fieldwork field·work  
1. A temporary military fortification erected in the field.

2. Work done or firsthand observations made in the field as opposed to that done or observed in a controlled environment.

 by virtue of not requiring electricity. Consequently, many fieldworkers continued to use it "long after the cylinders had been replaced by flat discs" (p. 6). The recordings were conducted in the following way:
   Cylinder recordings were made by literally inscribing sound waves into wax
   using a hard point fixed to the center of a flexible diaphram at the end of
   a horn. It was done mechanically, without the use of electricity.
   Performers would talk, shout, or sing into the recording horn, which
   increased the force of the sound. The intensified sound waves would press
   on the diaphram, and the hard point would cut more or less deeply into the
   wax. The spring driven recorder rotated the cylinder at between 80 and 200
   times a minute. A tracking mechanism ensured that the stylus advanced
   steadlily along the length of the cylinder--usually four or six
   inches--cutting approximately 100 grooves per inch.... To play back the
   cylinder, a somewhat lighter head with a needle affixed to the center of
   the diaphram rides on the grooves as the cylinder rotates. (Seeger & Spear,
   1985, p. 5)

Mason was able to collect 174 cylinders (at 150 rpm) of funeral music, rumbas, singing games Singing games are games which pit multiple players against each other, or a single player against previous performances or a set standard. Objectives might include subjectively rated creativity, adherence to a theme, ability to mimic another performer, or objectively rated pitch , folktales, tangos Tangos is a flamenco cante closely related in form and feeling to the Rumba. It is often performed as a finale to a Tientos. Its compass and llamada are the same as that of the Farruca and share the Farruca's lively nature. , decimas, coplas, aguinaldos, and love songs, to name a few. Most of this material was recorded by adult males from the towns of Utuado and Loiza. As Figure 1 shows, Utuado is a town in the mountains of Puerto Rico, whereas Loiza is a coastal town. There are other marked differences in the folklore traditions of these areas.


Utuado has always been a place where the people have been interested in preserving the Taino heritage. Today, Utuado houses the Indigenous Ceremonial Centre, which was built by Taino Indians 800 years ago, and this center is considered the most important archeological Taino site in the Antilles. The town's official Taino name is "El Pueblo El Pueblo (The People) was a Spanish daily newspaper, the central organ of the Syndicalist Party during the 1930s.  del Vivi, a name derived from an Indian chief. Translating from Toro Toro may refer to:
  • Denominación de Origen Toro, the Spanish wine region
  • Toró, the nickname of Rafael Ferreira Francisco, Brazilian football (soccer) player
 Sugranes (1995), Utuado was incorporated in 1739, which makes it the oldest town of the Central Mountain Range (Cordillera Central Cor·dil·le·ra Cen·tral  

1. The central of three ranges of the Andes in western Colombia.

2. A mountain range of central Dominican Republic.

3. A range of the Andes extending northwest and southeast in north-central Peru.
). In 1828, the total population was 4,413 islanders of which 200 were slaves with a housing composition of 28 homes and 49 bohios (huts), while the rural area had 208 homes and 300 bohios. By 1870, Utuado had installed a telegraph; in 1892, a hospital; and in 1896, an electric power plant was built; and by the end of the nineteenth century, there were 194 students attending Utuado's public schools (Toro Sugranes, 1995, pp. 395-97).

Loiza Aldea, on the other hand, is a coastal town "retaining one of the highest percentages of African descendants DESCENDANTS. Those who have issued from an individual, and include his children, grandchildren, and their children to the remotest degree. Ambl. 327 2 Bro. C. C. 30; Id. 230 3 Bro. C. C. 367; 1 Rop. Leg. 115; 2 Bouv. n. 1956.
 of all island towns" ( Toro Sugranes notes that archeological studies have shown that Loiza was an important Taino territory. Loiza was incorporated in 1692, and by 1776 there were 1,146 inhabitants
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. In 1828, it had grown to a population of 4,198 which included 742 slaves. Because two of the largest rivers in Puerto Rico List of rivers in Puerto Rico (U.S. Commonwealth), sorted by name.
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  • Añasco Big River
  • Angeles River
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  • Anton Ruiz River
  • Apeadero River
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  • Arenas River
  • Arroyata River
  • Bairoa River
  • Barbas River
, Rios Grande de Lozia, run through the town's jurisdiction, it was an important commercial place during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. During the first half of the twentieth century, sugarcane production was its main economic industry. The people of Loiza Aldea have always been interested in preserving their African-inspired traditions, and town festivities fes·tiv·i·ty  
n. pl. fes·tiv·i·ties
1. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.

2. The pleasure, joy, and gaiety of a festival or celebration.

 have consistently reflected a strong emphasis on black traditions with a mixture of Christian and Taino Indian customs (the preceding paragraph is a translation from Toro Sugranes, 1995, pp. 247-49).


Mason's survey project was directed by Franz Boas Franz Boas (July 9, 1858 – December 21, 1942[1]) was a German-born American pioneer of modern anthropology and is often called the "Father of American Anthropology". . Boas's methodology has been criticized in recent years. Among other criticisms, McNeil (1988) argues that Boas Bo·as   , Franz 1858-1942.

German-born American anthropologist who emphasized the systematic analysis of culture and language structures.
 showed a preference for text while ignoring theory, with collections usually being printed with little discussion of the context surrounding the collection. "He had no intellectual interest in informants except as repositories of oral traditions, a lack of concern derived from his orientation toward the past" (p. 57). However, as McNeil also explains, there was "nothing wrong with the collection" because the Boasian model insisted on accuracy of data and on "finding the best informants" (pp. 55-57). These two arguments can be used to describe and criticize Mason's Puerto Rican collection: in general, it was printed with little theoretical discussion, exhibited a high accuracy of data, and identified the best towns from which to collect representative samples of Puerto Rican folklore.

Dennis's (1922) criticism of Mason's collection did not focus on methodology but questioned the validity of the Decimas as representative samples of "true folk" verbal expressions. Her review of the Decimas addressed three major areas: the originality of the folkloristic expression, the authenticity of performer and performances, and the subject matter. The collection on the whole could not be an original one, Dennis (1922) argued, because it exhibited strong Spanish influences of style and language:
   Other decimas are inspired by Spanish ballads. But the majority are
   distinctly of Porto-Rican origin, and reflect Porto-Rican thought and
   custom. Whether, however, these decimas come from the true folk, and not
   rather the lettered classes; and whether, therefore, they may be strictly
   classed as folk poetry,--is to be questioned.... Although there are several
   decimas in the collection which complain of Spain's treatment of Porto
   Rico, there is not one which expresses dissatisfaction with the United
   States Government, nor one which expresses the wish for independence. (pp.

In responding to Dennis, Aurelio Espinosa (1922) questioned her definition of what should constitute folk poetry and argued that he believed "folk-poetry has most of the elements of learned poetry, and often in a more refined degree" (p. 102). Mason unquestionably un·ques·tion·a·ble  
Beyond question or doubt. See Synonyms at authentic.

 maintained that the folklore collected came from true Puerto Rican folk. His argument captures the essence of a Puerto Rican "singer of tales":
   The decima, despite the fact that it is a poetical vehicle of considerable
   artistic merit, comparing favorably in rigidity of form and general spirit
   with the English sonnet, appears to be the most popular form of poetical
   expression among the illiterate jibaros. At the velorios [funerals] and
   other social gatherings, according to my informants, it is the decima
   rather than the aguinaldo which is most sung. It was a source of great
   surprise to me to find these poems, many of them of not a little beauty,
   known and sung by illiterate moutain peasants. Quite a number of the
   decimas in the collection were written down by me in phonetic text from the
   dictation of jibaros in out-of-the-way country barrios. I believe that
   there are few adult jibaro men who have not memorized one or more decimas,
   which they sing, when called upon in turn, at social gatherings; and nearly
   every little country hamlet has its noted decima singer, who has dozens of
   them at his tongue's end.... I feel, therefore, that the decimas in the
   published collection are fully representative of the poetry of the jibaro.
   The sources, however, are various quite naturally. Many, as Espinosa
   pointed out, are traditional Spanish. Others give internal evidence of
   jibaro authorship ... but the great majority, irrespective of their
   authorship, had been memorized by jibaro singers, and incorporated into
   peasant folk-lore.... As for the others, only years of persistent research
   in Porto Rico could elucidate their authorship or locality of origin.
   (Mason, 1922, pp. 102-04)

Years of Puerto Rican scholarship have validated Mason's collection. However, general arguments surrounding the methods of evaluating and validating fieldwork projects still provoke heated insider/outsider anthropological debates. Who has the authority to decide? Who are the true folk? Who gets asked and under what conditions? Who has the power to determine and enforce folkloric classifications? These questions are not easily answered, but Geertz (1983) has added insight into the methodological framework for investigating them and for inquiring into the complexities of what he calls "local knowledge." As Mason argued, irrespective of irrespective of
Without consideration of; regardless of.

irrespective of
preposition despite 
 the authorship issue, the Decimas represented an observable ob·serv·a·ble  
1. Possible to observe: observable phenomena; an observable change in demeanor. See Synonyms at noticeable.

 performance of folklore, or, using Geertz's terminology, exhibited a sharing of a native's point of view. Dennis's arguments showed that her basis of folkloristic analysis circumscribed circumscribed /cir·cum·scribed/ (serk´um-skribd) bounded or limited; confined to a limited space.

Bounded by a line; limited or confined.
 itself in the text, whereas Mason's reply showed that his analysis placed an importance on performance as an observable event which authenticated au·then·ti·cate  
tr.v. au·then·ti·cat·ed, au·then·ti·cat·ing, au·then·ti·cates
To establish the authenticity of; prove genuine: a specialist who authenticated the antique samovar.
 the oral expression. Ultimately, Bauman's (1977) performance-centered framework for exploring verbal expressions, with its emphasis on identifying "culture-specific constellations of communicative com·mu·ni·ca·tive  
1. Inclined to communicate readily; talkative.

2. Of or relating to communication.

 means that serve to key performance in particular communities" (p. 22), is most appropriate for shedding light on the debate surrounding the Mason collection. In order to focus more closely on the complexities of Puerto Rican folklore, a single group of tales, the Juan Bobo stories, will be examined throughout the remainder of this discussion. The underlying hypothesis concerns the importance of storytelling as an infrastructure that serves to create, transmit, and authenticate (1) To verify (guarantee) the identity of a person or company. To ensure that the individual or organization is really who it says it is. See authentication and digital certificate.

(2) To verify (guarantee) that data has not been altered.
 folklore. Using Geertz's model of local knowledge together with Bauman's performance-centered approach, this hypothesis will be investigated within a context of Puerto Rican children's literature. However, before the collection is contextualized, a close look at the text is in order.

   When Dr. Mason returned from Porto Rico some six years ago with the
   abundant collection of folk-tales ... the necessity of undertaking [a study
   on Spain's folktales] seemed imperative. (Espinosa, 1921, p. 129)

The folktales collected by Mason are complex stories wherein sometimes Juan Bobo is a trickster trickster, a mythic figure common among Native North Americans, South Americans, and Africans. Usually male but occasionally female or disguised in female form, he is notorious for exaggerated biological drives and well-endowed physique; partly divine, partly human,  and other times a fool. These folktales are constructed using a mixture of Christian religion; African, Spanish, and Indian traditions; folkloric politics; and popular beliefs. The main character is a trickster who might appear under the names of Juan Bobo (Dumb John), Juan Animala (Animal John), Juan Simple (Simple John), Juan Cuchilla (Cutting John), and so on. Marrero (1967) explicates his first name as a key feature for positioning the tales since Juan brings to the collective memory of Spanish Americans notable writers such as "Juan Ruiz de Alarcon," legendary playboys such as "Don Juan Tenorio Don Juan Tenorio: Drama religioso-fantástico en dos partes (Don Juan Tenorio: Religious-Fantasy Drama in Two Parts), is a play written in 1844 by José Zorrilla. It is the more Romantic of the two principal Spanish-language literary interpretations of the myth of Don Juan. ," or fearless characters such as "Juan sin Miedo" (p. 127). Marrero also notes that Juan Bobo is usually described as physically unattractive--she emphasizes that he is "feo, muy feo [ugly, very ugly]," though not "a cuco [an ogre]" (p. 129). Bobo simply means foolish.

Unlike other Caribbean tricksters such as Anansi, Juan Bobo does not transform himself from human to animal or vice-versa. His transformations are more in the mental realm--e.g., changing from an ill-reared numskull to a "wantonly wan·ton  
1. Immoral or unchaste; lewd.

a. Gratuitously cruel; merciless.

b. Marked by unprovoked, gratuitous maliciousness; capricious and unjust: wanton destruction.
 cruel" trickster within the same story. With a notable first name and a foolish last name, together with undesirable physical talents, the folktales situate Juan Bobo (or Animala or Simple or Cuchilla) within a marginalized group and reflect the problem of Otherness oth·er·ness  
The quality or condition of being other or different, especially if exotic or strange: "We're going to see in Europe ...
. The audience is keyed (Bauman, 1977) by a teller opening the story with something like "Once upon a time there was a woman who had a son, but her son was a fool." The italics indicate prompts that prepare the audience for what is to come.

MIGRATORY migratory /mi·gra·to·ry/ (mi´grah-tor?e)
1. roving or wandering.

2. of, pertaining to, or characterized by migration; undergoing periodic migration.


emanating from or pertaining to migration.

The Juan Bobo tales migrated from Spain in an oral tradition originally influenced by the Spanish picaresque novels picaresque novel

Early form of the novel, usually a first-person narrative, relating the episodic adventures of a rogue or lowborn adventurer (Spanish, pícaro). The hero drifts from place to place and from one social milieu to another in an effort to survive.
 and Wise Fool The wise fool, or the wisdom of the fool is a theme that seems to contradict itself in which the fool may have an attribute of wisdom. With probable beginnings early in the civilizing process, the concept developed during the Middle Ages when there was a rise of "civilizing"  tales (Espinosa, 1921; Manrique Cabrera, 1982). Appropriately, Childers (1977) has developed a motif-index titled "Tales from Picaresque Novels" which describes the genre's influences:
   [The picaresque novel] was a new genre of realistic fiction in which the
   rogue was the central character. It was usually a comic autobiography on an
   anti-hero who was a peripatetic character, moving about from job to job and
   from city to city. As the picaro (rogue) went from master to master, he
   satirized their personal faults and their trades and professions. The rogue
   and his tricks and the manners he satirized were two principal
   identification marks of the genre. Although the rogue and his tricks
   constitute the main interest in the novels, the satirical comments on
   various trades and professions give a wealth of information on the social,
   political, and religious background of.... Spain. (Childers, 1977, p. vi)

These literary influences reflected, in the picaro's personality and tricks, the satirical sa·tir·i·cal   or sa·tir·ic
Of, relating to, or characterized by satire. See Synonyms at sarcastic.

sa·tiri·cal·ly adv.
 commentaries implicitly contrived con·trived  
Obviously planned or calculated; not spontaneous or natural; labored: a novel with a contrived ending.

 throughout the plot, and the master/slave power relationships can be analyzed using Aarne-Thompson's standard classification system of tale types and motifs. By definition, the "Type-Index deals with entire tales; the Motif-Index ... deals with smaller elements of those tales. Thompson defines the motif as `the smallest element that persists in tradition'; in actual practice this element can be a character, a formula, a concept, an activity, or any one of the multitude of details found in folktales" (Clarkson & Cross, 1980, p. 8).

Although there have been some efforts to study some of these Spanish American folktales using a cross-classification scheme for tale types, it was not possible to locate a comprehensive motif-index that included the Juan Bobo tales. The first undertaking to classify Spanish folktales according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 the Aarne-Thompson tale types was conducted by Boggs (1930, p. 6). He analyzed a few tales from the Mason-Espinosa collection. Afterward, Hansen (1957), building on Boggs's work, indexed the tale types for several folktales from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic Dominican Republic (dəmĭn`ĭkən), republic (2005 est. pop. 8,950,000), 18,700 sq mi (48,442 sq km), West Indies, on the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola. The capital and largest city is Santo Domingo. , and South America South America, fourth largest continent (1991 est. pop. 299,150,000), c.6,880,000 sq mi (17,819,000 sq km), the southern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , with a few more of Mason's Wise Fools tales described and even some motifs delineated de·lin·e·ate  
tr.v. de·lin·e·at·ed, de·lin·e·at·ing, de·lin·e·ates
1. To draw or trace the outline of; sketch out.

2. To represent pictorially; depict.

. More recently, MacDonald (1982) has indexed several of the printed Juan Bobo tales available for children's literature in English (for readers interested in Spanish folk literature, there is a motif-index created by Goldberg [1998] for "Medieval Folk Narratives" while Keller [1949] constructed one for "Spanish Exempla ex·em·pla  
Plural of exemplum.

As impressive as Mason's collection is, it could be overlooked by potential motif-indexers because, to access it, one must know either the collector's name or remember to look under the old name "Porto Rico Porto Rico: see Puerto Rico. " when handling an index such as the Journal of American Folklore Centennial Index. In my case, it was a "Recommender System See collaborative filtering. "--that is, an anthropology professor from the University of Illinois University of Illinois may refer to:
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (flagship campus)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Springfield
  • University of Illinois system
It can also refer to:
, Arlene Torres--who pointed me toward the existence of Mason's collection since my first pass using the centennial's index did not lead me toward it.

With the interest of establishing some classification for the folktales, Tables 2 and 3 were assembled drawing primarily from the classifications provided by Boggs (1930), Hansen (1957), and MacDonald (1982). The data in these tables should be seen as an exploratory analysis, not as a definite classification of tale types and motifs, since only a sample of folktales was included in this pilot project. Specifically, the folktales sampled were chosen based on whether they were indexed by Boggs, Hansen, or MacDonald, or highlighted a particular native element, or portrayed some trickster characteristic that could shed light on why Juan Bobo is considered a culture hero today. For Table 3, the books selected were those located in Champaign-Urbana or, most productively, in the Center for Children's Books at the University of Illinois. The printed versions of folktales were included as benchmarks for observing which tales have persisted in tradition and passed from oral into print formats.
Table 2.

           Jokes and Anecdotes

Type                    Description

(**) 1210 cow taken to the roof to graze
JAF, 34(**)1313 man who thought himself
dead JAF, 34 (**)1534 fool kills another
man and accuses policemen, JAF,
(**) 1535 rascal in tree shows cheese to
man, later throws a rock and kills him,
JAF, 34 (**) 1537 Lady fixes poison for
fool. He exchanges for husband's drink
who dies but later fool obtains hush
money, JAF, 34 (**) 1539 self-cooking pot,
JAF, 34 (**)1553 sells one-legged chicken,
JAF, 34 (**)1586 fool swats fly on mayor's
head, JAF, 34 (**)1642 fool sells meat to
rascal called "I" but later makes another
man pay, JAF, 34
(**) 1700 races with 3-legged kettle (J
1881.1.1.3), JAF, 34 (**)1703 carries
water in a basket, JAF, 34 (**) 1703 loses
needle in a basket, JAF, 34 (**)1703 fool
asks mother for bonbons for sweetheart
and eats them himself(**) 1704 sells honey
to bees; sticks pin into baby's head, JAF,
34 (**)1704 disinters grandmother and
puts her in sun to get warm; forces food
down grandmother's mouth with stick,
JAF, 34 (**)1704 sends pig to mass, JAF,
34 note: most famous Juan Bobo tale
(**)1706 boils first thing he finds (little
brother) JAF, 34 (**)1706 bathes grandmother
in boiling water, JAF, 34

(**) means Aarne-Thompson folktale folktale, general term for any of numerous varieties of traditional narrative. The telling of stories appears to be a cultural universal, common to primitive and complex societies alike.  types and descriptions are from Hansen's tale type index (1957).
Table 3.

532. Juan Bobo y el Caballo de Cuatro
Colores/Juan Bobo and the Horse with
Four Colors. (picture book). Juan
Bobo meets a magic horse that grants
him seven wishes. He makes the princess
laugh and the king bestows great
honors on him. Juan Bobo dresses as a
Spanish conquistador (one of his
wishes). Jan Mike, 1997. Illus. by
Charles Reasoner. Available in English
or Spanish. Source code: S4
1700. The Three Wishes: A Collection
of Puerto Rican Folktales. "Juan Bobo
and the Caldron." Juan Bobo is sent to
his grandmother's house to borrow a
"big pot for cooking a stew of
chicken and rice." On the way home
he refuses to carry the three-legged pot
because it has more legs than he.
Ricardo Alegria, 1969. Illus. by
Lorenzo Homar. Available in English
or Spanish Source code: S4 1700. Juan
Bobo. (collection). Coming home, he
loses a needle in a basket, some meat
and cane-syrup to flies. "Ay, Juan
sighed, his mother. You are more
foolish than fools? He borrows a pot
from his godmother and "races" the
three-legged kettle home. Later, he denounces
the flies to a judge for stealing
the syrup, and goes to jail for killing
a fly settled on the judge's bald
head. Dorothy Sharp Carter, 1974.
Illus. by Trina Schart Hyman. English
text. Source code; S2 1704. Juan Bobo:
Four Folktales from Puerto Rico. (collection)--"A
Pig in Sunday Clothes";
"The Best Way to Carry Water"; "Do not
Sneeze, Do not Scratch; Do not Eat";
"A Dime a Jug." Carmen T. Bernier-Grand,
1994. Illus. by Ernesto Ramos
Nieves. English/Spanish text. Source
Code: S4
1704. The Three Wishes: A Collection
of Puerto Rican Folktales. "Juan Bobo,
the Sow and the Chicks." (collection).
Juan Bobo should take care of animals
while his mother goes to church, but
instead sends the pig to church, kills
the chicks and gets in trouble. Ricardo
Alegria, 1969. Illus. by Lorenzo Homar.
English text. Source code: S4

Source code descriptions: S1 means citation with contextualized information; S2 means citation with cultural notes; S3 means citation appears in fine-print as in CIP (1) (Common Isochronous Packet) The packet format used in time-based (real time) FireWire transmission. See FireWire, IEC 61883 and mLAN.

(2) (Common Industrial P
; S4 means cultural background as source; S5 means nonexistent source note with illustrator/author taking credit for the foltkale (for detailed descriptions, see Hearne, 1993).

By examining briefly the relationship between oral and printed versions of the Juan Bobo folktales, it may be possible to make some observations related to the infrastructure which validates and supports the dissemination of these folktales and to begin addressing some important questions. Which of the tales have been adapted for children's literature? Which are the elements that have persisted in popular expression? Are the localities of the Juan Bobo tales important? Is it possible to identify an archetypal ar·che·type  
1. An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype: "'Frankenstein' . . . 'Dracula' . . . 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' . . .
 sequence of motifs that keeps recurring re·cur  
intr.v. re·curred, re·cur·ring, re·curs
1. To happen, come up, or show up again or repeatedly.

2. To return to one's attention or memory.

3. To return in thought or discourse.

Although Table 2 is only a portion of Mason's collection, the most apparent observation is the suitability of the Aarne-Thompson classification scheme for organizing folktales that were collected in the mountains and coasts of Puerto Rico during the early twentieth century. Most of the Juan Bobo tales from the Mason collection could, for example, be classified as "Jokes and Anecdotes," which are types 1200-1999, and other remaining tales might fall within ranges used for classifying "Ordinary Folktales." Ordinary Folktales would be classified between types 500-649 and could represent Juan Bobo using "Magic Objects" such as clubs to beat people or having "Supernatural Helpers."

As Table 2 shows, a famous tale wherein Juan Bobo "races" a three-legged kettle is type 1700 (motif J 1881.1.1.3), which means it falls within "The Stupid Man" tale type and "Three-legged pot sent to walk home" motif (Thompson, 1966, p. 159). Interestingly, Thompson (1966) explains that J motifs group tales of "Wisdom, Cleverness, Foolishness [where] the motivation is always mental," whereas in K motifs "the primary importance is given to action" (vol. 1, pp. 20, 21). This broad distinction between J and K motifs may serve to describe Juan Bobo's personality for, true to his trickster's nature, he adopts multiple voices awash Awash (ä`wäsh), river, E Ethiopia, rising near Addis Ababa and flowing c.500 mi (800 km) to a swampy lake near the Djibouti border. The Awash Valley is important agriculturally and has hydroelectric plants.  in contradictions and absurdities, with plots being senseless sense·less  
1. Lacking sense or meaning; meaningless.

2. Deficient in sense; foolish or stupid.

3. Insensate; unconscious.
, difficult to follow, and many times leaving the audience with an open question as to who is really the fool.

Additionally, by identifying a name motif, it is possible to trace tales as they are being retold re·told  
Past tense and past participle of retell.
 by Puerto Ricans, for the name Juan Bobo has emerged throughout the years as the apparent ruler among all trickster's names. Manrique Cabrera says this name is preferred by locals because it signifies the mentality of a true jibraro:
   The character of Juan Bobo, under all its forms and costumes, seems to
   show, prima facie, an evolution in the stories where he is the main
   character. The simple fool transforms himself into a person that pretends
   to be a numskull using his foolishness as a disguise. This evolutionary
   slanting seems to reflect the assimilation of a trait attributed to the
   jibaro's psychic. It refers to what has been called "jaiberia," an attitude
   which feigns dullness to throw off those who come near. It is a defensive
   weapon whose ultimate efficacy is worth investigating. (Translated from
   Manrique Cabrera, 1982, p. 62)

Considering tale types within an anthropological framework, Guerra (1998), for example, presents a socio-political interpretation of Juan Bobo in which she explores the tales' popularity as a way for locals to satirize sat·i·rize  
tr.v. sat·i·rized, sat·i·riz·ing, sat·i·riz·es
To ridicule or attack by means of satire.

satirize or -rise

 the absurdities of life related to power, race, class, and gender politics. Her analysis classifies Juan Bobo into clusters of tales of revenge and reversal of fortune, folkloric politics, race, and gender problems, or morality-of-the-poor dilemmas. These categories are put to use in examining the nature of national identity and are not intended as discrete classifications. She says of Juan Bobo: "Behind the facade of this `jibaro ji·ba·ro  
n. pl. ji·ba·ros
1. A rural inhabitant of Puerto Rico.

2. The country music of Puerto Rico.

[American Spanish jíbaro, possibly from Taino siba
 manso' lurks the mind of a Puerto Rican superhero su·per·he·ro  
n. pl. su·per·he·roes
A figure, especially in a comic strip or cartoon, endowed with superhuman powers and usually portrayed as fighting evil or crime.
 whose wit, brilliance, thespian proclivities, and bravery Bravery
See also Heroism.


foremost Greek hero of Trojan War; brave and formidable warrior. [Gk. Hist.: NCE, 12]


courageous Indian prince; Rinaldo’s enemy. [Ital. Lit.
 in the face of danger make him the ideal seeker and defender of justice for those who experience little of it in their real lives" (p. 138).

For tales of revenge, for example, Guerra retells a story where Juan Bobo tricks his master out of all material possessions and thus effects what she calls a social inversion inversion /in·ver·sion/ (in-ver´zhun)
1. a turning inward, inside out, or other reversal of the normal relation of a part.

2. a term used by Freud for homosexuality.

 of classes. Juan Bobo is hired to cut the weeds of a local landlord but instead cuts down the banana bushes. "What have you done?" asks the master, and Juan Bobo replies, "Nothing! Do you worry about it? "But the landlord exclaims, "You are going to leave me penniless pen·ni·less  
1. Entirely without money.

2. Very poor. See Synonyms at poor.

penni·less·ly adv.
." The next day Juan Bobo is given the task of cutting the grass but instead he cuts the goats'

legs. Again, the landlord exclaims, "For heavens sake, what have you done?" "Nada, Nada!" replies Juan Bobo. But when Juan Bobo is given the task of taking some pigs to their sty, on his way to the pen someone offers to buy the pigs and Juan Bobo quickly sells them, keeps the largest pig, but cuts off the tails of the ones he sold. He next proceeds to bury the pig and the tails in mud and runs to his master yelling, "Master, the pigs are stuck in the mud!" At the end of the story, the landlord has freed the large pig but remains penniless, unaware that Juan Bobo has tricked him out of his money (original tale in Mason, 1921; retelling re·tell·ing  
A new account or an adaptation of a story: a retelling of a Roman myth. 
 in Guerra, 1998, pp. 138-39). This tale can also be identified as Aarne-Thompson's tale type 1004 Hogs in the Mud and Stith Thompson's motif K404.1 Tails in the Ground which, incidentally, Clarkson and Cross (1980) use to analyze a Mexican story about Pedro Urdemalas, who tricks a stranger into buying pig tails stuck in mud (pp. 293-97).

Table 3 presents several printed versions of folktales available in children's literature. (It should be noted that a complete list of the Juan Bobo tales examined for this article appears in Appendix A.) This table gives a brief description of tales, identifies the author and illustrator, the tale type (adopted from the classification given by Hansen), and a source note. If, after reading a printed version, one should be interested in locating an earlier version of the tale, a source note should provide such an access point. Specifically, the codes employed in Table 3 have been adapted from a rating scale developed by Hearne (1993) for verifying cultural sources in children's folktales. Hearne's scale discriminates from a 5 (least documented) to a 1 (most documented) where S5 is a "nonexistent source note" with author/illustrator taking credit for folktale; S4 is a "background-as-a-source-note," where cultural observations are given with no source citation; S3 is "fine-print-source note," where source citation appears buried within the Cataloging in Publication In publishing and library science, Cataloging in Publication (CIP, or Cataloguing in Publication) is basic cataloging data for a work, prepared in advance of publication by the national library of the country where the work is principally published or by the library  (CIP) information; S2 is a "well-made source note," with source citation included with cultural notes; S1 is a "model source note" where source citation is contextualized with cultural lore.

Since, as Table 3 shows, only the version provided by Dorothy Sharp Carter and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman provides a source citation (S2), which noted that the folktales had been originally collected by Ramirez de Arellano (1926), linking printed versions to original Juan Bobo tales seems laborious la·bo·ri·ous  
1. Marked by or requiring long, hard work: spent many laborious hours on the project.

2. Hard-working; industrious.
 for readers, if not impossible. Obviously, for didactic di·dac·tic
Of or relating to medical teaching by lectures or textbooks as distinguished from clinical demonstration with patients.
 reasons, the Juan Bobo character that mainly appears in children's literature is the fool whose cardinal flaw is stupidity, while the rogue who satirizes society, swindles others, or has amorous am·o·rous  
1. Strongly attracted or disposed to love, especially sexual love.

2. Indicative of love or sexual desire: an amorous glance.

 adventures lives primarily in oral traditions or scholarly publications. It seems that children learning about Juan Bobo through the printed versions of folktales included in Table 3 could perhaps acquire an impression of his being basically a numskull while failing to meet his many-sided trickster qualities. The overall finding exhibited in Table 3--i.e., unavailability of source citation in children's versions of the Juan Bobo tales--is an indication that for Puerto Rican children's folktales it might be time to adopt Hearne's (1993) advice "that we all start digging" (p. 25) for sources.

Moreover, authors of literary tales based on collections from oral traditions could provide source notes about geographic localities. It would be interesting to investigate, for instance, if oral versions of Juan Bobo tales collected in Northern coastal towns like Loiza Aldea stress trickster qualities (K motifs) whereas those collected in towns such as Utuado focus more on the numskull's misunderstandings (J motifs). It might even aide in studying the process of how folk adapt tales to share local knowledge.


So far I have tried to give a brief history on the Puerto Rican culture, present a folklore collection, and analyze the structure of the folktales within the collection. The analysis has primarily focused on a "historic-geographic approach" (Barrick, 1988, p. 16) which emphasizes classifying the collected text using standard cataloging systems. Specifically, in the case of the Juan Bobo tales, the Aarne-Thompson classification system Aarne-Thompson classification system is a classification system for classifying folktales. Background
Antti Aarne was the student of Julius Krohn and his son Kaarle Krohn.
 has made it possible to observe not only the original European influences of the tales but also their African heritage through Hansen's use of the same scheme.

Since Munoz Rivera (Wagenheim & Wagenheim, 1996, p. 133) documented the illiteracy illiteracy, inability to meet a certain minimum criterion of reading and writing skill. Definition of Illiteracy

The exact nature of the criterion varies, so that illiteracy must be defined in each case before the term can be used in a meaningful
 rates during the turn of the century, it is possible to ascertain that, at the time of Mason's visit to the island, the culture was primarily based on oral traditions (Wagenheim & Wagenheim, 1996, p. 133). As Mason (1922) commented, he was surprised that the oral expressions were, as Table I summarizes, of a sophisticated nature and of a substantial variety (pp. 102-04), yet he always maintained they were authentic. Years later, Mason explained that he probably would have collected even more samples of verbal lore, except that Franz Boas had arrived at the island with Herman K. Haeberlin and Robert T. Aiken and redirected the project toward collecting archeological artifacts artifacts

see specimen artifacts.
 (Mason, 1941, p. 210; 1960, p. 9).

Interestingly, Hutchins (1995) has argued that: "Culture is a process and the `things' that appear on list-like definitions of culture are residua re·sid·u·a  
Plural of residuum.
 of the process" (p. 354). Given the prominence of oral expressions and in particular the Juan Bobo tales within the Puerto Rican culture, and given Hutchins's definition of culture, a question to address at this point is what cultural process are these folktales residua of? Guerra's (1998) analysis of the Juan Bobo tales as popular expressions for determining a national identity have highlighted some of the issues related to power, resistance, and master/slave relationships. But is it possible to make some assertions as to the underlying cognitive processes Cognitive processes
Thought processes (i.e., reasoning, perception, judgment, memory).

Mentioned in: Psychosocial Disorders
 involved in the creation and dissemination of local knowledge through the Juan Bobo folktales? From the tale type and motif analysis, we know that the folktales are structured as Wise/Fool tales. Since Hutchins (1995) argues that the construction of culture is not defined by cultural products but rather by cultural processes, these tales reveal an aspect of local knowledge which the Puerto Ricans feel is important to develop, preserve, and transmit.

Geertz (1983) has argued that some aspects of local knowledge, especially common sense, can be interpreted as an information system composed of "a network of practical and moral conceptions woven about" each other (p. 81). Specifically, he argues that as a system, common sense is built on some assumptions and components, which he names "stylistic features" (p. 85). The three most applicable of his assumptions which could be adapted to the construction of Juan Bobo folktales are the following: Assumption 1: "the world is full of high-IQ morons" (Saul Bellow Noun 1. Saul Bellow - United States author (born in Canada) whose novels influenced American literature after World War II (1915-2005)
Solomon Bellow, Bellow
, as cited in Geertz, 1983, p. 76); Assumption 2: the common man [and woman] are "on top of things" (p. 80); Assumption 3: the people or things that are "unclassifiable Adj. 1. unclassifiable - not possible to classify
unidentifiable - impossible to identify
" are disturbing (p. 83).

Geertz expands his common sense cultural model by laying out some functional requirements See information requirements and functional specification.

(specification) functional requirements - What a system should be able to do, the functions it should perform.
 for the system. The first of his systems' components is "naturalness," which refers to what he says is "resultant" and "obvious" within a culture. It is measured with a standard of "of-courseness, [where] a sense of `it figures' is cast over things" (pp. 85-87). The second component deals with "practicalness," which Geertz defines as being "obvious to the naked eye," where a person's behavior, for instance, will certainly lead to failure. This is measured by having to tell someone to "be sensible ... wise up" (pp. 87-88). The third feature focuses on what he calls "thinness," by which he means "simpleness, literalness." He argues that some cultural beliefs, "however strange," must be taken literally (pp. 89-90). The fourth relates to "common sense wisdom [being] shamelessly shame·less  
1. Feeling no shame; impervious to disgrace.

2. Marked by a lack of shame: a shameless lie.
 and unapologetically ad hoc For this purpose. Meaning "to this" in Latin, it refers to dealing with special situations as they occur rather than functions that are repeated on a regular basis. See ad hoc query and ad hoc mode. ." This feature relates to "immethodicalness" of "life" and its contradictions (pp. 90-91). The fifth component is "accessibleness," which states that common sense is within the reach of "any person with faculties reasonably intact" (pp. 91-92). On the basis of the functional requirements, we can next apply Geertz's common sense cultural system to the Juan Bobo tales in the interest of examining how the five "stylistic features" can be used as cultural categories for indexing the Juan Bobo folktales.

The famous tale of Juan Bobo and the Pig, according to Geertz's cultural information system, could be classified as transmitting the local knowledge of "practicalness." In this story, he dresses the pig in his mother's best clothes and sends it to church, and he gets the spanking spanking Pediatrics Corporal punishment, usually of children, in which the buttocks, are pummeled, swatted, or otherwise struck. See Corporal punishment Sexology Slapping, usually of the buttocks as a part of sexuoerotic activity. Cf Sadomasochism.  of his life when his mother comes home. However, one of the folktales in Mason's collection could also be classified as "immethodical," for, in this version, his mother kills him when she returns home and finds what her numskull son has done. Incidentally, most of the children's folktales, not surprisingly, would be classified under "practicalness."

In another story, which could be claimed to convey the "naturalness" quality of common sense, Juan Bobo is sent to town by his mother to sell a cow, but she instructs him, "Sell it to someone who doesn't talk too much." When Juan Bobo meets the first potential buyer, he asks him: "Would you like to buy my cow?" So the man responds, "How much are you asking for it?" And Juan Bobo replies, "I'm not selling it to you, you talk too much!" This scenario repeats itself with several other potential buyers until he enters a church and sees a religious statue representing a Catholic saint, and he asks, "Would you like to buy my cow?" Of course, the statue says nothing, so he sells the cow to the Catholic saint.

Now, Geertz says that another quality of common sense is "thinness" or "literalness," which fits the story where Juan Bobo sells meat to the flies, that is, to the famous "las senoritas del manto prieto." But he sells the meat to the flies on credit and when he returns to collect his money, the flies, most certainly, won't pay. So he takes them to court and the King says with a mocking tone, "When you see one of those senoritas del manto prieto, immediately, kill them!" But, immediately, Juan Bobo sees one of them on the King's head and, literally, swats his royal highness's head. In some versions, he is sent to jail for this, while in others the King decides to pay him so he won't hit the King again.

It is Geertz's functional requirement of "accessibleness" that fits the folktales' strongest criticism and satirization of society. Access to wisdom, knowledge and common sense, or being an "insider" and acquiring "culture" is something society may never acknowledge Juan Bobo as having, no matter what he accomplishes or which obstacles he overcomes (Guerra, 1998, p. 142). He will, by implication of his name, never move out of the classification of being an "outsider," being "lower" than others. For example, the stories begin by placing him in a category of fools, and (almost all) end with Juan Bobo still being called a fool, even though in some folktales he marries the king's daughter or acquires some fortune. So Juan Bobo's name seems to suggest that some things never change. People will forever be classifying other people into Self and Other folkloric groups, with total acceptance into certain dominant groups being forbidden to those who belong to particular races, genders, or classes because they are inherently and/or genetically "different" from the insider's (or, here, colonizer's) folk group. Guerra (1998) describes the folktales' treatment of "Otherness" in this way:
   Juan Bobo is frequently depicted as an outsider who is tolerated rather
   than accepted by his community; an Other who is himself "othered" by virtue
   of his difference. The appeal of Juan Bobo rested in the completeness of
   his Self-identification with the Other. While the rich expect, at best, to
   exploit his labor, no member of his cohort expects anything worthwhile to
   come of him. (p. 142)

Given the previous examples, I would conclude that Juan Bobo folktales are samples of lore that convey what Geertz has defined as "common sense as a cultural system" and would propose that, like the traditional tales, newer instances of Juan Bobo stories are being constructed using similar common sense premises and cultural modeling procedures. Furthermore, although the tales' origins may have been the Spanish picaresque novels and the tales themselves culturally based in the Spanish language Spanish language, member of the Romance group of the Italic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Romance languages). The official language of Spain and 19 Latin American nations, Spanish is spoken as a first language by about 330 million persons  and traditions, the preliminary motif analysis shows a predominance pre·dom·i·nance   also pre·dom·i·nan·cy
The state or quality of being predominant; preponderance.

Noun 1. predominance - the state of being predominant over others
predomination, prepotency
 of the K motif documenting a pervasive influence from the African heritage. These folkloristic influences, which are exhibited in the tales' use of a trickster figure, Juan Bobo, as a "cultural hero," authenticate Espinosa's earlier comments that "[s]ome of the tales are probably of African origin, at least in part" (as cited in Mason, 1921, p. 143).

The production of local knowledge leads to tension between institutions of power and common folk, as revealed in oral tales versus printed versions. Thompson's approach to literary tales made vital contributions in the area of documenting the interaction between oral stories and printed formats of folktales (Barrick, 1988).

The production cycle depicted in Figure 2 is shown as an attempt to summarize an important association that exists between these two formats, which Thompson (1977) has clearly described:
   If I use the term "folktale" to include such literary narratives ... it can
   be justified on practical grounds if on no other, for it is impossible to
   make a complete separation of the written and the oral traditions. Often,
   indeed, their interrelation is so close and so inextricable as to present
   one of the most baffling problems the folklore scholar encounters. They
   differ somewhat in their behavior, it is true, but they are alike in their
   disregard of originality of plot and of pride of authorship.... Nor is
   complete separation of these two kinds of narrative tradition by any means
   necessary for their understanding. The study of the oral tale ... will be
   valid so long as we realize that stories have frequently been taken down
   from the lips of unlettered taletellers and have entered the great literary
   collections.... Frequently a story is taken from the people, recorded in a
   literary document, carried across continents or preserved through
   centuries, and then retold to a humble entertainer who adds it to his
   repertory. (p. 5)


Even Aurelio Espinosa (1918), when describing the learned and unlearned influences of the Puerto Rican "singer of tales," acknowledged the association by saying he was unsure: "Whether some of that [sic] the decimas and longer Christmas carols A Christmas carol is a carol whose lyrics center on the theme of Christmas or that has become associated with the Christmas season even though its lyrics may not specifically refer to Christmas. Both types of Christmas carols are included in this list.  [had been] printed in Puerto Rico in the local newspapers, or privately" (p. 291).


I selected the Puerto Rican collection for this study because it is a part of my culture and I believe it serves as a way to inquire into aspects important in the creation, preservation, and transmission of local knowledge. One fundamental issue in anthropology is the interpretation of culture as applied to the concept of the "Other" (Geertz, 1973; Clifford, 1986). Prominent social scientists have noted that cultural analysis should be reflexive (theory) reflexive - A relation R is reflexive if, for all x, x R x.

Equivalence relations, pre-orders, partial orders and total orders are all reflexive.
, descriptive, sensitive, and above all respectful of those being studied. Yet, to accomplish a truthful interpretation of folklore is forever elusive because two people from the same folk group may witness the same event, concurrently, and arrive at different interpretations based on their own perceived practices and belief systems. Nonetheless, what is so difficult to study and describe regarding the inherent variability, differences, sameness, conflict, and tension forever embedded Inserted into. See embedded system.  in human experience is ubiquitously shared by common folk through a network of storytelling. Thus, "otherness" and common sense may be difficult concepts to describe but, as Juan Bobo folktales show, easy to share through folklore.

With respect to the preservation of local knowledge and the Mason/ Dennis authenticity controversy, the real question is not whether the Puerto Rican collection was or was not an authentic expression of folk wisdom--since the performance proved, as Mason always contended, that it was true folklore. Rather, the interesting question is how Mason, an outsider, a representative of the Anthropological Academy, a member of the colonizer's group--a country that was involved in deconstructing some cultural markers that had served islanders for 400 years as boundaries of a national identity--was able to collect such a valuable folkloric "knowledge base." As Cayetano Cuchi Col noted, when English was made the medium of instruction in the public schools, the locals said: "We would have preferred being without a country, to losing our native tongue" (cited in Wagenheim & Wagenheim, 1996, p. 144).(5) It was in the middle of all this cultural and political tension that Mason arrived to do his fieldwork, which he accomplished successfully.

From the Journal of American Folklore's obituaries, we learn that, although Mason was an outstanding linguist lin·guist  
1. A person who speaks several languages fluently.

2. A specialist in linguistics.

[Latin lingua, language; see
, he also had a "speech problem." AS Mary Butler (1969) pondered on his research successes, she concluded: "Perhaps his own speech problem helped turn his attention toward linguistics when he chose anthropology as his field" (p. 266). In retrospect, perhaps it was his experiences and first-hand knowledge of feeling "Othered" that helped contribute to his success as a folklore collector of oral history from Puerto Ricans.

As I've tried to demonstrate by making use of Gonzales' (1980) analogy, Puerto Rico is a "country with four floors." It is a transnational culture where language and racial differences exist even within the same families. Aurora Levins Morales (1997), a "Russian-Jewish-American-Puerto Rican" raised in Puerto Rico and the United States The legal relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States has been described in a number of ways, ranging from "colonial possession" to "dual sovereigns." Technically speaking, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, subject to the plenary power of , shares her experiences in an essay titled "Immigrants":
   My father was the First American Boy: the young genius, the honors student,
   the Ph.D. scientist.... First generation. And what am I? The immigrant
   child of returned immigrants who repeated the journey in the second
   generation. Born on the island with firsthand love and stories of my
   parents' Old Country--New York; and behind those, the secondhand stories of
   my mother's father, of the hill town of his long-ago childhood. Layer upon
   layer of travel and leaving behind, an overlay of landscapes, so that I
   dream of all the beloved and hated places, and endlessly of trains and
   paths and roads and ships docking and leaving port and a multitude of
   borders and officials waiting for my little piece of paper. (pp. 36-37)

Esmeralda Santiago Esmeralda Santiago (born 1948 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a renowned Puerto Rican author. In 1961, she came to the United States when she was thirteen years old, the eldest in a family that would eventually include eleven children. Ms.  (1993) also shares her experiences of feeling the influences deconstructing traditional cultural markers:
   "Papi? [Father]"


   "If we eat all that American food they give us at the centro communal, will
   we become Americanos?" He banged a nail hard into the wall then turned to
   me, and, with a broad smile on his face said, "Only if you like it better
   than our Puerto Rican food." (p. 74)

Even if traditional markers that have served in the past to establish cultural boundaries are deconstructed, old and new stories coexist co·ex·ist  
intr.v. co·ex·ist·ed, co·ex·ist·ing, co·ex·ists
1. To exist together, at the same time, or in the same place.

 and are transmitted through a folkloric network, serving as shifting boundaries that outline a cultural identity. The Puerto Rican economy, the literacy rates--currently, 90 percent (from the social and cultural context are different today, yet the process of creating "Puerto Ricanness" seems based (as it was in the past) on a folkloric infrastructure that upholds and preserves its oral expressions.


This article has presented initial findings from a pilot project conducted with Puerto Rican folktales published from an oral collection. The preliminary findings suggest a need for future work spanning questions in several areas, including the electronic classification of Spanish folktales, the analysis of the performance act of the Puerto Rican "singer of tales" that is preserved in 174 audio cylinders collected by Mason, and the significance of storytelling for contemporary children.

Specifically, the research on storytelling will focus on combining Bauman's (1977) performance framework (interpreting the speech act as a performance act) with findings from Miller et al. (1989, 1990, 1996) on the significance of storytelling while children are in the process of developing their "social construction of self" (1990, p. 293). Applying Miller's findings to Puerto Rican children's folktales, it will be interesting to observe whether those children who are given opportunities for participating in first-hand, active, authentic storytelling activities develop a more defined sense of identity--whether they are narrating in Spanish, English, or code-switching between the two--bearing in mind that in any language our stories define who we are.


(1) Translated by A. Lastra from original text located in Pane (1980, pp. 87-88).

(2) Loose translation. Original Spanish text in Esencia del Folklore Puertorriqueno, 1967, p. 27-28.

(3) From a speech given by Luis Munoz Rivera in the U.S. House of Representatives concerning the Jones Act. As cited in Wagenheim and Wagenheim, 1996, p.132.

(4) Map created by Guillermo Santiago (1998), a bilingual high school student born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Guaynabo (pronounced as IPA: [ˌɡwaiˈnabo]; also known as Guaynabo City or GC) is a municipality in the northern part of Puerto Rico, located in the northern coast of the island, north of Aguas Buenas; south of .

(5) Spanish was reinstituted as the medium of instruction in Puerto Rico by the Commissioner of Education, Mariano Villaronga, in 1948 (see Carrion, 1983, p. 335).




1704. Juan Bobo and the Pig. (picture book)Juan Bobo dresses the pig with "Mami's" best clothes and sends it to church. Felix Pitre, 1993. Illus. by Christy chris·ty  
Variant of christie.
 Hale. English/Spanish text. SC: S4 1704. Juan Bobo and the Pig. (collection). Juan Bobo loses the pig by sending it to mass but sells his mother's duck to make up for the pig. Pura PURA PACOM Utilization & Redistribution Agency
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 Belpre, 1965. Illus. by Tommie de Paola. English text. SC: S4 1704. Juan Bobo and The Pig: a Puerto Rican Folktale Retold. (picture book). The pig is sent to church and Juan Bobo gets in trouble. Bernice Chardiet, 1973. Illus. by Hope Meryman. English text. SC: S5 1704. Juan Bobo. (collection). Juan Bobo stays home taking care of house and pig while his rich mother goes to mass. The pig's grunting grunting

a forced expiration against a closed glottis. It is characteristic of painful and labored breathing and of expiratory effort due to any cause, e.g. emphysema.

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 clothes and sends it to church. M.A. Jagendorf, 1957. Illus. by Shane Miller. English text. SC: S4 851. The Three Wishes: A Collection of Puerto Rican Folktales. "Juan Bobo and the Princess who Answered Riddles." (collection). The king offers his daughter in marriage to whoever provides a riddle she can't solve. Juan Bobo is the victor, marries the princess, and later becomes king. Ricardo Alegria, 1969. Illus. by L. Homar. English text. SC: S4 1704. Juan Bobo: Four Folktales from Puerto Rico. (collection)--"The Best Way to Carry Water"--Juan Bobo carries water in a basket; "Do not Sneeze sneeze, involuntary violent expiration of air through the nose and mouth. It results from stimulation of the nervous system in the nose, causing sudden contraction of the muscles of expiration. , Do not Scratch; Do not Eat"--J. Bobo is invited for dinner but, confused with proper eating etiquette etiquette, name for the codes of rules governing social or diplomatic intercourse. These codes vary from the more or less flexible laws of social usage (differing according to local customs or taboos) to the rigid conventions of court and military circles, and they , ends up not eating anything; "A Dime a Jug"--Juan Bobo sells melao to flies. Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, 1994. Illus. by Ernesto Ramos Nieves. English and Spanish text. SC: S4

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Title Annotation:how the controversial work of anthropologist J. Alden Mason, who collected Puerto Rican folklore, underscores the problem of authenticating folklore artifacts
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Date:Jan 1, 1999
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