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Articles in the category Mythology & folklore (141)

There are just 25 objects, including a Madonna, some trousers and a chest ornament, in San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s Philippine Art: Collecting Art, Collecting Memories exhibition, raising doubts that such a complex culture could even begin to be appreciated, much less fathomed, through so few specimens.
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Published by 12/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Arts, Culture, Documentary, Mythology & folklore

A strange sight greeted me in the middle of rice fields in Jaen, Nueva Ecija sometime in the late ‘80s. The Agrarian Reform program had just begun. My clan, heirs of my farmer grandma, was waiting for a dialogue with her tenants. I noticed a group of them waiting around a small table with … was I seeing right? Tarot cards?
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Published by 12/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Documentary, Lifestyle, Mythology & folklore

When traveling through the Philippines, living and interacting with the locals, one will undoubtedly experience the beliefs, unwritten rules, virtues, values and myths of the country, which are influenced by indigenous, Western and Asian folklore.
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Published by 05/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Mythology & folklore

After being brushed off for a great number of years as "superstition" and "fraud" by many, Shamanism is still in favour in Mindanao. In the rural areas and among the indigenous communities a Shaman or Sham, better known as “faith healer” is a leading person within the tribal communities. The reliance on ancestral rituals and herbal medicine has widely gained acceptance as part of the island’s captivating culture.
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Published by 05/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Documentary, Mythology & folklore

The story of Dumalawi is a folktale from the Tinguan people of the Philippines collected by Mabel Cook Cole in her book Philippine Folk Tales published in 1916. According to Cook the major characters in Tinguian mythology are often representative of heroes of times gone by whose exploits have become exaggerated and embellished by continued telling from generation to generation from the people of the “first times”. Cook says, these people of “the first times” practiced magic.
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Published by 02/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Mythology & folklore

In Philippine folklore, a tikbalang is a bizarre, shape-shifting, trickster spirit that haunts certain places in the wildlands of the country. It is said to be a tall humanoid creature that dwells in the forests and mountains of the Philippines and often described as a reverse form of a centaur. Where the centaur has the body of a horse and the torso and head of a man, the tikbalang has the head of a horse and the body of a human.
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Published by 02/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Mythology & folklore

In Philippine folklore, the Manananggal is a mythical, evil, cannibalistic, vampiric , witch that as well as sucking the blood from victims also eats them. Sometimes it is confused with the Wakwak which is a strange bird-like, vampiric creature. However, although they are both vampires unlike the Manananggal, the Wakwak cannot separate its upper body from its lower body. It is from this bizarre ability that the Manananggal gets its name.
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Published by 02/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Mythology & folklore

As is often the case in many parts of the Philippines and around the world, mountains and volcanoes became associated with legends, myths and ancient traditions and Mount Makiling is strongly associated with a mythical female entity named Maria Makiling. She is also known as Mariang Makiling and is considered to be a spirit or forest nymph known as a diwata or lambana in Philippine folklore.
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Published by 02/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Mythology & folklore

On the island of Negros in the Philippines is a massive volcano called Kanlaon, or Canlaon. It is still active and steam and smoke can sometimes be seen rising from its crater. In fact it is the most active volcano in the Philippines and part of the Ring of Fire series of volcanoes around the rim of the Pacific Ocean. It is a dominant feature of the landscape and associated with several legends and myths that have evolved around it over the centuries.
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Published by 02/03/2018 by Guido
Categories: Mythology & folklore

Dumaguete is the capital town of the province of Negros Oriental in the Philippines. Like most great cities, Dumaguete has a long history and there are many myths and legends from its early days that have helped to create its culture and character. Dumaguete is also known as the City of the Gentle People, although it is uncertain why, but the people who live there are renowned for their friendliness making it a popular tourist destination.
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Published by 18/02/2018 by Guido
Categories: Culture, Mythology & folklore

It is a shame, therefore, that our children are more familiar withthe tales of the Western world. Mother Goose rhymes are sung and read from the time babies are in the womb, and fairy tales are told and retold in the early years. And why not? These are much more accessible than our own people’s stories that are usually found in uninspiring and antiquated anthologies.
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Published by 18/02/2018 by Guido
Categories: Mythology & folklore, Stories

Philippine folklore, unlike Greek, Norse or Egyptian mythologies, has not been organized into a formal pantheon, does not generally contain long epics, nor has it been relegated to history. To this day, Philippine myths still have an active role in the lives of rural Filipinos. The countless myths circulating throughout the Filipino countryside contain a large variety of mythical creatures.
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Published by 18/02/2018 by Guido
Categories: Documentary, Mythology & folklore

Philippine mythology is the body of myths, tales, and superstitions held by Filipinos, mostly originating from beliefs held during the pre-Hispanic era. Some of these beliefs stem from pre-Christian religion that was specially influenced by the Hinduism and were regarded by the Spanish as "myth" and "superstition" in an effort to de-legitimize precolonial faith by replacing those native beliefs with colonial Catholic Christian myths and superstitions.
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Published by 18/02/2018 by Guido
Categories: Documentary, Mythology & folklore

Do spirits and divinities live in remote hills? Do fairies bless and fulfill innocent wishes? Which of these stories are inseparably-related to Philippines, and are believed generation after generation? The Philippine culture is truly a potpourri of different groups, who brought with them a rich treasure-trove of myths and legends.
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Published by 18/02/2018 by Guido
Categories: Mythology & folklore