Juan Bobo

Juan Bobo, the Puerto Rican folktale character, provides a context for understanding the man of La Mancha, Don Quixote.

Both characters make us laugh with silly antics, but in the manner of Aesop’s Fables, they actually offer folk wisdom to those who are paying attention.

As a New Yorker in Puerto Rico (or a gringo in the Latin world) I occasionally realize that estoy vestido como la puerca de Juan Bobo (I am dressed like the pig of Juan Bobo).

In other words, my manner is sometimes inappropriate for the situation. In Puerto Rico, the New Yorker is humbled by the Jibaro (simple farmer).


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