Following Scotty

Philippine patrimony, ethnohistory and anthropology.


… Riddles allow a certain degree of flexibility in their solutions. The audience is expected to think of all possible solutions. Thus aside from providing entertainment while a group goes about their world together, riddles are also perceived as vehicles for basic pedagogy. This teaching is fundamental: riddles employ expressions which allude to one thing but may also call to mind an entirely different thing. To be able to guess a riddle, one must widen his mental capacities for association and comparison, and the perception of basic likenesses and differences of things around him.

Rufa T. Cagoco, An Anthropological Analysis of Riddles and their Place in the Culture of Maguindanaons of Cotabato