Analysis in the Banahaw Experience: of Nature Spirits and Sweet Woman Named “Waway”

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Analysis in the Banahaw Experience: Of Nature Spirits and Sweet Woman Named “Waway” by Andrea Cagan “Believe one who knows: You will find something greater in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux

This quotation from St. Bernard of Clairvaux illustrates the effect of our nature in our lives; it can teach us even better than our teachers do. Nature is a mystery; a mystery that can transform you into a new you. This is what happened to Andrea Cagan as she go on in her journey on Mt. Banahaw. She happened to meet her subconscious mind and talk to it and ask her “Why are you here?” this question that is being asked in her is not an ordinary question it is something that awakened her mind and then she answered that she had been called there, that it was destined that she should be there, that her spirit had led her. Her story started when she visited the mountain in late 1983, and the memory of that experience will stay with her forever. The essay was all about the journey that she’s been through when she visited the Mt. Banahaw. The author shared her experienced in that journey and how that experience led her into a new and better person that she is now. It is been a tough challenge for her but she happened to conquer it all. She faced her fears with a strong personality and as she go through it she become more whole. This essay is describing and at the same time it is narrating. The author was narrating her journey on the Mt. Banahaw. She narrates her journey in the mountain with a woman named “Waway”. Waway was Andrea Cagan’s guide in her one of a kind expedition. She described Waway in her story as a tiny and delicate sweet woman. The author mentioned in her story that her expedition would not be successful without the guidance and spirit songs of Waway. The author described in her essay the beauty and greatness of the mountain. I admire her on how she described the things...
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