Phillipines Essay

Topics: Philippines, Indigenous peoples, Traditional games in the Philippines Pages: 7 (2277 words) Published: January 9, 2013
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Dennis Mosley Mosley 1 James Druzbacky
English 2 Honors
3 January 2013

The Culture Of The Philippines
The culture of the Philippines is reflects the country's complex history. It is a blend of the  Malayo-Polynesian  and Hispanic  cultures, with influence from  Chinese. The Philippines was first settled by  Melanesians; today they preserve a very traditional way of life and culture, although their numbers are few. After them, Malayo-Polynesian arrived. Today the Malayo-Polynesian culture is very evident in the ethnicity, language, food, dance and almost every aspect of the culture. These Austronesians engaged in trading with China, India, Japan, the  Ryukyu  islands, the Middle East,  Borneo, and other places. As a result, those cultures have also left a mark on Filipino culture. When the Spanish colonized the islands, after more than three centuries of colonization, they had heavily impacted the culture. The Philippines being governed from both  Mexico  and Spain, had received a little bit of Hispanic influence. Mexican and Spanish influence can be seen in the dance and religion many other aspects of the culture. After being colonized by Spain, the Philippines became a U.S. territory for about 40 years. Influence from the United States is seen in the wide use of the English language, and the modern pop culture.

The Philippines is one of two predominantly  Roman Catholic  nations in Asia-Pacific, the other being  East Timor. From a census in 2000, Catholics  constitute 80.9%, with  Aglipayan  followers at 2%,Evangelical Christians  at 2.8%, Iglesia Ni Cristo  at 2.3%, and other Christian denominations at 4.5%. Islam  is the religion for about 5% of the population, while 1.8% practice other religions. The remaining 0.6 did not specify a religion while 0.1% are  irreligious. Before the arrival of the Spaniards and the introduction of Roman Catholicism and Western culture in the 16th century, the indigenous Austronesian people of what is now called the Philippines were adherents of a mixture of  shamanistic Animism, Islam, Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhismm.

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Arts of the Philippines cover a variety of forms of entertainment. Folk art and ethnographic art consist of classic and modern features that flourished as a result of European and Indigenous influences. The literature of the Philippines illustrates the Prehistory and European colonial legacy of the Philippines, written in both Indigenous and Hispanic writing system. Most of the traditional literatures of the Philippines were written during the Mexican and Spanish period. Philippine literature is written in Spanish, English, Tagalog, and/or other native Philippine languages. Early Filipino painting can be found in red slip designs embellished on the ritual pottery of the Philippines such as the acclaimed Manunggul Jar. Evidence of Philippine pottery-making dated as early as 6,000 BC has been found in Sanga-sanga Cave, Sulu and Laurente Cave, Cagayan. It has been proven that by 5,000 BC, the making of pottery was practiced throughout the country. Early Filipinos started making pottery before their Cambodian neighbors, and at about the same time as the Thais as part of what appears to be a widespread Ice Age development of pottery technology. Further evidences of painting are manifested in the tattoo tradition of early Filipinos, whom the Portuguese explorer referred to as Pintados or the 'Painted People' of the Visayas. Various designs referencing flora and fauna with heavenly bodies...
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