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Engakanto or Diwata also known in the Philippine mythology. Especially in remote areas in the provinces.

They are known to dwell in the rivers, forest or big trees.

Engkanto has male and female sexes. Female engkanto is called Engkantada. They are describe as a beautiful maiden, taller than a ordinary woman, with long golden hair, slim, angelic face with blue eyes. Male engkanto are called Engkantado, like the female, they are also tall, white and pale skin, good looking.

They are lost souls and others believed that they were angels who disobeyed the word of God. They were kicked out from heaven and thrown to the land of mortals. Some fell in the river, woods, or trees.

There are bad and good engkanto.

Some albularyo or older people believed that good engkanto can bring a good luck if they dwell in a tree nearby your house.

They can be sometimes playful too, if they hate you, they will make you sick. Cannot be cured by the modern medicine.

In the river, if you happen to see a beautiful lady playing in the water, you just need to ignore her. If they offer you anything don't take it. Because once you accept anything from them it means they will also take your soul in return.

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Engkanto are also capable of falling in love to mortals. But you should not accept his/her, otherwise they will take your soul. Engkantada likes to have gatherings as well. In the woods, if you can hear such voices, may it be singing or laughing, these means they are having a party. You just need to ignore it, never say anything of what you feel and heard. It is better also to ask permission to pass by or just say ''tabi tabi po, makikiraan po''.

Engkantada are known to attract men in the woods or rivers. Men who became crazy after a trip from the woods, is believed that an Engkatada cursed him because he refused to take her offer. Sometimes found dead.

Other people believed that good engkanto can help them cure an illness. This is usually done by an albularyo, by making some rituals. If you are good to them, they can also give you a reward. Some villagers believed that good crops are, healthy body and fortune are given by engkanto once you asked them and in return you have to respect them.

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