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Traditions of the Tinguian: a Study in Philippine Folk-Lore   By: (1881-1961)

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Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore is an excellent anthropological work that sheds light on the captivating culture and traditions of the Tinguian people in the Philippines. Authored by Fay-Cooper Cole, this book takes readers on a deep dive into the lives, beliefs, and practices of this fascinating indigenous group.

One noteworthy aspect of this book is its meticulous attention to detail. Cole's extensive fieldwork among the Tinguian people is evident throughout his writing, as he provides detailed descriptions of their customs, rituals, and myths. The author's commitment to faithfully documenting the Tinguian's way of life allows readers to gain a comprehensive understanding of their rich heritage.

The narrative structure of the book deserves praise as well. Cole arranges the chapters thematically, exploring different aspects of Tinguian culture, such as birth practices, coming-of-age rituals, marriage customs, and religious beliefs. This thoughtful organization makes it easy for readers to navigate the book and delve into specific areas of interest.

Moreover, Cole's writing style is engaging, making this academic text accessible to both scholars and general readers alike. He manages to strike a balance between providing in-depth information and making the content captivating, using vivid language to paint a picture of the Tinguian's day-to-day life, their connection with nature, and their interactions with spirits and deities.

One minor drawback of the book is its reliance on primary source material, as it was originally published in 1915. Although this vintage nature of the content adds authenticity, some readers may find the absence of updates or modern perspectives a slight limitation, considering the passage of time and potential changes within the community.

In conclusion, Traditions of the Tinguian: A Study in Philippine Folk-Lore is a remarkable piece of anthropological literature that offers a comprehensive exploration of the Tinguian people's traditions and beliefs. Fay-Cooper Cole's dedication to accuracy and his engaging writing style make this book a worthwhile read for anyone interested in Philippine culture, folklore, or anthropology. Whether you are an academic researcher or a curious reader, this book will undoubtedly deepen your understanding and appreciation for the Tinguian people's unique way of life.

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Traditions of the Tinguian A Study in Philippine Folk Lore

By Fay Cooper Cole Assistant Curator of Malayan Ethnology



Preface 3 Introduction 5 Tales of the Mythical Period 33 Ritualistic and Explanatory Tales 171 Fables 195 Abstracts 202


The following myths were collected by the writer in 1907 8 during a stay of sixteen months with the Tinguian, a pagan tribe of northwestern Luzon in the Philippines. The material, for the most part gathered in texts, was partially translated in the Islands, while the balance was worked over during a brief visit to America in 1909. In this task I was assisted by Dumagat, a full blood Tinguian, who accompanied me.

While not, in all cases, giving a literal rendering, I have endeavored to follow closely the language of the story tellers rather than to offer a polished translation. In some cases, where it was impossible to record the tales when heard, only the substance was noted, a fact which will account for the meagerness of detail evident in a few of the stories.

The Tinguian tribe numbers about twenty thousand individuals, most of whom are found in the sub province of Abra, and in the mountains of Ilocos Sur and Norte. Their material culture, beliefs, and ceremonials are quite uniform and exceedingly complex... Continue reading book >>

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