The fantastical tales of your culture’s mythology can shape your world in ways that you don’t even realise. Victoria Hoffarth embarks on a journey to seek such myths from the Philippines, explaining the symbolic values as well as the underpinnings of 15 myths, legends, and folktales from the island of Negros, given the collective culture of the Philippines.
Through interesting and well written tales, Dr Hoffarth shows how myths are intimately related to history and religion – from Christianity to Islam, from ancient Greece to Hollywood, from pre-Enlightenment Spain to modern, secular Europe. Especially relevant to those interested in commonalities among peoples coming from different cultures, this is a very accessible book with a tone that bridges the gap between academia and popular literature. Entertaining, informative, and insightful, it stimulates our imagination, and encourages us to ask questions.
Whether you’re intrigued by the folklore of a culture rarely delved into, or in general curious about the origins and meanings of myths, Song of Negros is a go-to book for you.