DISCLAIMER: There is no scientific proof to the statements written on this article.
Some people have always thought that Engkantos and Elementals are the same. They are not. Engkantos are considered deities while the latter are considered lower in rank compared to them.
Elementals, to make it simple, are spirits that rule over the elements. There are Earth, Fire, Wood, Water and Air Elementals, and we have a lot of similarities with them.
Each of them has their own personality. Some can be naughty and some can be nice. Some are disciplined while some are unruly. They retaliate when they get hurt. They can also be protective and the moment they feel that something will harm their refuge, their environment and anything they claim as theirs, they will definitely hit back.
Elementals can never be judged based on their appearance. Some of them may look attractive before our eyes while some don’t, but same as it is with humans, looks can never be the basis of one’s true character. On the other hand, it is believed that they dont really have shapes and colors. But they can do shapeshifting to create an appearance. They can appear as Kapres, Fairies, Elves and so on. They also have distinct smells based on their kind. What’s pleasant or unpleasant to our noses may not mean a thing to them. How they smell is the representation of their environment.
Elementals raise families, too. You might even be surprised to hear that they have their own governments and they submit themselves to certain leaders. If they violate certain rules, they also get punished; and some believe that these offenders and violators, depending on the type of their violation, can be sent to our space to serve their sentence. These can be the ones lurking in our houses, trying to scare or play with the kids, hiding our things for a few days and returning them to spots that we’ve carefully checked before, copying our voices and looks, to mention a few.
The Doppelgangers we encounter are usually Elementals. Why they do that depends on their intention. More likely, it is their way of letting us now that they co-exist with us. In some cases, they shift shapes and take the form of humans, animals and plants because they need something from our world. That may also be their way of mingling with us. If we are curious about their world, they are also curious about ours. Some of them get attracted to the qualities human beings and our world has. There are cases too where they incarnate as humans to be able to study in our schools or to teach people who are called for some special missions.
Elementals were given supernatural abilities that can both be helpful and harmful to humans. It is believed that our ancestors can interact freely with them. In fact, there were ladies in our world that bore them kids. This is one of the reasons why some of us have extraordinary skills. They have lineage among their chosen ones...until veils were placed between our world and theirs because a number of our ancestors started abusing their generosity and stopped observing agreements.
Elementals are not immortal. Just like us, they also die; mostly because of the punishment they get from violating their own laws and human beings' recklessness. They also get sick and procure healing. If there is no qualified healer and healing method in their world, they sometimes go to our world to seek for those.
Though there’s been a gap now between human beings' and the Elementals, some of them still reach out to us, especially to those who have roots from them and to those that they need to assist. At present times, there are people who can heal and perform magick with their help.
They are more likely advocates who protect the planet we live in as we, humans, destroy what they’re trying to protect. Constantly, I couldn’t help but wonder who the real villains are. Is it the Elementals or is it us, humans?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jade Martin is the founder and creator of Center for Paranormal Studies, Profilers of the Unknown and Intramuros Ghost Walk. She is also a Businesswoman, Life and Business Coach, Author, Public Speaker, Ghost Tour Operator, Paranormal Investigator, Reiki Healer, Past Life Regressionist, and Tarot Reader. She is now currently working on the book "Baluarte - A True Ghost Love Story" which will serve as her full account of this story.