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M'ranao folktales

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CHAPTER I

THE PROBLEM

Introduction

Folktales are one of the forms of prose narrative which we regarded as fiction. They are not considered as dogma or history, they may or may not have happened, and they are not to be taken seriously.1

However, folktales like other stories provide various experiences that is why they are important. Folktales are not merely stories but there are morals in them, probably not obvious but underlying morals in it. In like manner, folktales may not be history but surely mirrors the people‟s way of living in the past. They also reflect the cultural heritage of every Filipino which is different from the young Filipino ways of life nowadays.

Corollary to this study, several writers perceived that Filipino folktales are stories that form part of the oral tradition in the Philippines. They have been passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth rather than by writing, and thus the stories have been modified by successive retellings before they were written down and recorded. Folktales in general include legends, fables, jokes, tall stories and fairy tales. Many of the folktales in the Philippines involve mythical creatures and magical

transformations.2

1Damiana L.Eugenio,Philippine Folk Literature: The Folktales. Quezon City: UP Press. 2011.

2 Nagasura T. Madale, Tales From Lake Lanao and Other Essays, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 2001.

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Moreover, the researchers found out that before the advent of internet, newspapers, radio, television, and other types of media, the world relied on storytellers for entertainment and education. Storytellers related magical tales to eager listeners that taught valuable lessons by providing glimpses into strange, faraway worlds. These stories continued to thrive, passed down throughout the centuries.

Thus, there is no better way to practice nationalism and love of our country than to read and enjoy reading, the stories such as legends,...