DSM-IV-TR Casebook Diagnosis of "El Duende" | Follow-Up
Ursulina is a 14-year-old girl living with her
uncle and aunt in Cali, Colombia. On the day of the Assumption of
the Holy Virgin Mary, they were startled by the sight and sound
of rocks and sticks falling in their yard with great noise. They
thought at first that the neighbors were throwing them, but discovered
that this was not the case. The commotion continued well into the
night and kept them awake. They gathered some rocks to keep inside
the house as legal evidence, which they later produced. In the morning
they were astonished to find that the rocks outside the house had disappeared.
The next night they heard a whistle that seemed to come from all
directions at once; it sounded "lugubrious" and "tired." The
aunt said it might be a duende (ghost),
which made Ursulina fearful, because she had recently heard about
a duende in a nearby town.