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Gimokodan


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East Asia

The nether world of the Bagobo tribes of Mindanao in the Philippines. At the dark river surrounding this land resides a giant female whose body is covered with nipples and who suckles the spirits of infants before they pass on. Gimokodan itself has two parts: the red is reserved for those killed in combat; the white is like the world above except that everything is reversed. Spirits go about at nights, in the daytime they turn into dew and rest in cupped leaves. Large animals and human beings are said to have several souls, or gimokod.

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