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Filipino Popular Tales   By: (1885-)

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Filipino Popular Tales by Dean Spruill Fansler is a captivating collection of traditional folktales that offers readers a heartfelt glimpse into Filipino culture and storytelling. With his meticulous research and adept storytelling, Fansler successfully brings to life a rich tapestry of myths, legends, and magical creatures.

One of the highlights of this book is Fansler's dedication to authenticity. It is evident that he has gone to great lengths to preserve the essence of these tales, paying attention to the minute details that make them uniquely Filipino. The author's diligent study of Filipino folklore and his fluency in the language resonate throughout the collection, resulting in a truly immersive experience for readers seeking to explore the depths of the Philippines' oral traditions.

The tales themselves are delightful, offering a diverse array of narratives that cover themes of love, heroism, bravery, and morality. From mystical creatures who dwell in enchanted forests to courageous heroes crossing treacherous mountains, Filipino Popular Tales presents stories that transport readers to a world that is both unfamiliar and yet strangely familiar. Fansler's retelling of these myths allows for a seamless reading experience, striking just the right balance between the preservation of traditional elements and the ability to captivate modern readers.

Furthermore, the book is complemented by beautiful illustrations that add an additional layer of visual enchantment. The artwork, thoughtfully curated to match the essence of each story, captures the vibrancy and allure of Filipino culture. The combination of Fansler's evocative narratives and the visually stunning imagery creates an immersive reading experience that transports readers into the very heart of the Filipino folklore.

One aspect that could have been further developed is the contextualization of these tales within the sociocultural background of the Philippines. While the book does touch on the historical significance of some of the stories, further exploration of their origins, cultural contexts, and the impact they have had on Filipino society would have added depth and additional insights to the narratives.

Overall, Filipino Popular Tales by Dean Spruill Fansler is an enchanting collection that showcases the best of Filipino folklore. Fansler's dedication to maintaining the authenticity of these tales and his ability to engage readers through his storytelling make this book a compelling read for both those seeking to explore the intricacies of Filipino culture and those simply wishing to lose themselves in the magic of timeless folklore.

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Filipino Popular Tales

Collected and Edited with Comparative Notes


Dean S. Fansler,



The folk tales in this volume, which were collected in the Philippines during the years from 1908 to 1914, have not appeared in print before. They are given to the public now in the hope that they will be no mean or uninteresting addition to the volumes of Oriental Märchen already in existence. The Philippine archipelago, from the very nature of its geographical position and its political history, cannot but be a significant field to the student of popular stories. Lying as it does at the very doors of China and Japan, connected as it is ethnically with the Malayan and Indian civilizations, Occidentalized as it has been for three centuries and more, it stands at the junction of East and West. It is therefore from this point of view that these tales have been put into a form convenient for reference. Their importance consists in their relationship to the body of world fiction.

The language in which these stories are presented is the language in which they were collected and written down, English. Perhaps no apology is required for not printing the vernacular herewith; nevertheless an explanation might be made... Continue reading book >>

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