History of Juan Bobo

    

Juan bobo

  HISTORY OF JUAN BOBO

Juan Bobo is the most beloved folkloric character on the island of Puerto Rico. For nearly two centuries a vast collection of books, songs, riddles and folktales have developed around him. Hundreds of children’s books have been written about Juan Bobo, in English and Spanish.

Sometimes a trickster, sometimes a fool, Juan Bobo is the Puerto Rican equivalent of Foolish Jack who can’t get anything right, and Amelia Bedelia who follows instructions to a fault.
 
Sent off by his mother to find work, Juan Bobo causes one disaster after another, and always manages to lose his payment. In one typical story Juan Bobo’s mother asks him to clean up a pig, so that she’ll fetch a higher price in the town market. Instead, Juan Bobo dresses her for church in his mother’s best Sunday clothes, complete with lipstick and high heels.
 
The Juan Bobo folktales are also a cultural device. Each story illustrates an aspect of Puerto Rican life and traditions – as Juan goes to church, to work, the store, the town market, and deals with characters and events that typify the Puerto Rican spirit.
 
The Juan Bobo tales originally migrated from Spain in an oral tradition influenced by the Spanish picaresque novels (El Lazarillo de TormesDon Quijote) and Wise Fool tales.
 
Published anonymously in 1554, El Lazarillo de Tormes is often viewed as the first modern novel, and “picaresque” became the first genre – a genre of realistic fiction in which the pícaro (the rogue) is the central character.
 
The pícaros are unlikely and delinquent heroes – living by their wits among corrupt priests and prostitutes, beggars and idle gentlemen, thieves, tricksters and murderers.
 
The Juan Bobo stories incorporate all of these elements – as Juan the pícaro roams the Puerto Rican countryside, moving from job to job, and disaster to disaster. Though Juan and his pícaro tricks constitute the main story interest, the satirical comments on various trades and professions give a wealth of information on the social, political and religious fabric of Puerto Rico.
 
As Paul Bunyan is identified with America, Robin Hood with England, and El Zorro with Mexico – Juan Bobo, the beloved noodlehead, is the perennial folk hero of Puerto Rico.
 
 
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