Long before Spaniards came, Filipinos had a civilization of their own. They have their own laws, religion, economic life, and culture. Most especially they have their own forms of literatures. Riddles and Proverbs, although they have different meaning, have the same value and importance in the pre-colonial era.
Most of the people today think that riddles are some kind of a joke or entertainment, while proverbs are all about biblical passages. But they don’t know that these forms of literature had played a big part of the lives of our forerunners. These two had been their guide in walking toward a desirable path. Proverbs and riddles are pithy verbal expressions handed down over the course of many generations. Both forms are grounded in the familiar, but in opposite ways.
Riddles are mystifying, misleading, or puzzling question posed as a problem to be solved. Riddles, in pre-colonial period, serves as question to judge if the person is worthy to be freed or forgiven from his or her sin. It helps their Datu in recognizing their intelligence quotient and deciding whether the certain person is capable of helping in terms of economic growth. On the other hand; if we say proverbs, people thought about the different passages in the bible. But in the pre-colonial ages, they treat the proverbs as a phrase that gives advice about how pee should live or an old and well-known saying that expresses the general truth. Proverbs serves as a guide to a better conduct and personality. In short, these two are interconnected with each other. These two serves as their guide for living, justice and for the improvement of their livelihood.
As I go unto our discussion about the Oral Literatures, I could really see the connection and the importance of riddles and proverbs. Without these two, I could foresee that our civilization today would...
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