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In The Spirit World - Book 2

Updated on September 17, 2015

Adventures in the Spirit World

This FICTION is a short story in 17 chapters. This is based on the culture and mythology of the Bagobo Tribe, a group of indigenous people from the southern part of the Philippines. It contains words which are loosely translated in the Glossary of Terms below. This is a continuation of the story of AGAWE, the Slave Prince.


The first book, Agawe, the Slave Prince is the story of a tribal man raised as a slave. His life has changed when he is thrown into an adventure of intrigue and violence. In the end he finds out that the mother and grandmother he has known all his life are not his real family. He finds out that he is the son and heir of a Datu.

When his adventure is over which includes a sword-fight with Gayon and a fight to death with his real father, he forms a pact of brotherhood with Gayon and Ayong.

At the death of his real father, he takes over his estate and resolves to live peacefully with his real mother, Madallay and his other mother, Lungkayan who has raised him as a slave in the past.

In the second book, Adventures in the Spirit World, Agawe and his friends, Gayon and Ayong are thrown into an adventure which starts with the mysterious disappearance of young girls from neighboring villages.

The prologue of the second book shows an evil spirit called Buso King who lambasts another kind of buso or evil spirit for failing to capture the good spirit king who rules the Encantor Kingdom.

As the title says, the story is set in the Spirit World where spirits of all kinds, good and evil, live. It is no longer a surprise that an evil spirit, just like evil men, would want to rule their world.

So the prologue introduces the readers to the Buso King and his minion, the Tagamaling who has failed to capture the Encantor King when they have mounted an attack on the kingdom of Encantor. The King of Encantor has escaped.

The readers are also introduced to Induwa, a wicked witch who is also subjugated by the Buso King. She is also being lambasted for failing to lure more human girls into the underground realm. She blames her failure to one human who possesses a purple stone necklace and swears to take the necklace from the human who, of course, is none other than Agawe.

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Agawe - the son of a datu raised as a slave. He was ordered killed by his father when he was born with a blemish which was considered a bad luck to a family.

Apo Abet - the grandmother of Gayon and the sister of Ayong’s grandmother. She recognized that there was something special in Agawe.

Atina - the leader of the women maganis or warrior.

Ayong - the cousin of Gayon who forged a brotherhood with Agawe. He was raised by Apo Abet when orphaned at a young age.

Encanta - the Dilikan Princess who could control the elements and talk to animals.

Gayon - the son stolen from his parents and raised by the real mother of Agawe for seventeen years.

Induwa - the horrible witch.

Ingan - the daughter of Madallay and the sister of Agawe who married Ayong.

King Daniyan - the King of Encantor.

Laidan - the head of the king’s men in the kingdom of Encantor.

Lungkayan - the slave who raised Agawe as her own son.

Madallay - the real mother of Agawe who raised Gayon for seventeen years.

Maeng - the real mother of Gayon.

Nibor - the birdman and Prince of the Black Birds.

Sayling - the Diwata Queen.

Ubo - the real father of Gayon who owed his life to Agawe.


Adi – brother (could also mean a buddy)

Agong – is a percussion instrument; a large, heavy, wide-rimmed gong. It produces a bass sound in the kulintang orchestra.

Al-lang – slave

Amma – father

Apo – grandparent, grandchild, a term of respect for the elderly whether related or not.

Balete – one of the species of trees in the Philippines. In some areas of the country, some people believe that balete trees are dwelling places for supernatural beings like kapre or tikbalang.

Buso – all demons, spirits of diseases, evil supernatural beings of whatever form, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic.

Datu - a tribal chief, a rich man and a landowner.

Dilik - small, tiny

Diwata - gods

Gimokodan - the land of the dead, the underworld of the Bagobo people of the Philippines. It lies below the earth in two sections: one reserved for warriors who die in battle, the other for everyone else. Gimokodan is not a place of suffering or punishment but is a dull, somber realm that offers little comfort. It is insufferably boring compared to the constant challenges and rewards of life.

Inna – mother

Mabalian – ritual practitioners, priestesses, healers

Magani – a warrior

Pamalaye – the formal marriage proposal when the family of the man goes to the home of the girl’s parents, bringing gifts, food and wine. This is the time to discuss the sab-lag or dowry, and a time to reach an agreement between the two families. Lavish festivities ensue.

Sab-lag – dowry

Sag-ob – long bamboo tube used to carry and store water

Salamat – thank you

Siring – a rustic demon who, under the guise of some relative or friend, lures a young person into the densest part of the forest, causes him to lose memory and judgment, and finally brings him to his death in some indirect manner. May also be described as a shapeshifter.

Tagamaling – the best buso, because they do not want to hurt man all of the time. They are actually buso only a part of the time -- another time they are god. They alternate between buso and god depending on the phase of the moon.

Tigbanua – the most dangerous sort of buso. Shrines are erected to them, magic formulas are recited, and offerings are made while numerous spells are constantly worked to frustrate their evil designs.

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