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Philippine Folk Tales   By: (-1978)

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Philippine Folk Tales by Mabel Cook Cole is an enchanting collection of traditional stories that provides readers with a fascinating glimpse into the rich folklore and cultural heritage of the Philippines.

Cole, an American anthropologist who spent several years studying the country's indigenous communities, brings together a diverse range of tales from different regions in the Philippines. As one delves into the book, they are transported to a world populated by mythical creatures, epic heroes, and mystical landscapes.

The beauty of Cole's collection lies not only in the captivating narratives but also in the insightful commentary and context she provides. Each story is accompanied by an introduction that sheds light on its origins and significance within Filipino culture. This adds depth and understanding to the tales, making them all the more meaningful.

The stories themselves are a delightful mix of creation myths, legends, and cautionary tales that offer valuable lessons and reflections on morality, bravery, and the cycle of life. One can't help but marvel at the imaginative storytelling and the vivid descriptions that bring to life the fantastical creatures and magical realms.

One particularly commendable aspect of Philippine Folk Tales is the inclusion of lesser-known tales from indigenous communities. This gives readers a chance to explore the folklore traditions of various tribes and appreciate the cultural diversity within the Philippines. It is evident that Cole took painstaking efforts to authenticate and preserve these stories, making this collection a valuable resource for anthropologists, historians, and folklorists alike.

The book's language is accessible, ensuring that readers of all ages can enjoy the tales and appreciate their significance. Moreover, the inclusion of beautiful illustrations adds to the overall charm of the book, bringing key scenes and characters to life and enhancing the reading experience.

Philippine Folk Tales by Mabel Cook Cole is an indispensable addition to anyone interested in Philippine culture, anthropology, or folklore. It serves as a testament to the enduring power of storytelling, reminding us of the value and importance of preserving our cultural heritage.

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Philippine Folk Tales

Compiled and Annotated by

Mabel Cook Cole



From time to time since the American occupation of the Islands, Philippine folk tales have appeared in scientific publications, but never, so far as the writer is aware, has there been an attempt to offer to the general public a comprehensive popular collection of this material. It is my earnest hope that this collection of tales will give those who are interested opportunity to learn something of the magic, superstitions, and weird customs of the Filipinos, and to feel the charm of their wonder world as it is pictured by these dark skinned inhabitants of our Island possessions.

In company with my husband, who was engaged in ethnological work for the Field Museum of Natural History, it was my good fortune to spend four years among the wild tribes of the Philippines, During this time we frequently heard these stories, either related by the people in their homes and around the camp fires or chanted by the pagan priests in communion with the spirits. The tales are now published in this little volume, with the addition of a few folk legends that have appeared in the Journal of American Folk Lore and in scientific publications, here retold with some additions made by native story tellers.

I have endeavored to select typical tales from tribes widely separated and varying in culture from savagery to a rather high degree of development... Continue reading book >>

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