What does Duende mean? According to the dictionary, it is “the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm.”
If you look up the word on Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s webpage, it also includes this information: “Did You Know? The word duende refers to a spirit in Spanish, Portuguese, and Filipino folklore and literally means “ghost” or “goblin” in Spanish. It is believed to derive from the phrase “dueño de casa,” which means “owner of a house.” The term is traditionally used in flamenco music or other art forms to refer to the mystical or powerful force given off by a performer to draw in the audience. The Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca wrote in his essay “Teoria y Juego del Duende” (“Play and Theory of the Duende”) that duende “is a power and not a behavior . . . a struggle and not a concept.” Nowadays the term appears in a broader range of contexts to refer to one’s unspoken charm or allure.”
Let us see how “trusty” Wikipedia explains Duende. On that webpage it says it could be another name for an elf. Or can be mythological; an artistic expression in a dance; novels or poetry; German trance DJ’s; independent artist cooperative in Netherlands; or a Canadian song title.
I think I like the reference that it’s basically the Latin culture’s version of a leprechaun; believed to be a mischievous forest spirit.
Do you think we have now become familiar enough to be able to cross it off this list?
The TV show Glee mentions Duende in an episode with Ricky Martin guest appearing. Here is a scene that was fun to watch and made me want to jump up and join them.