Children ought to be responsible, beginning with household chores, and with more, as they grow up. A myth on butterflies reminds both parents and children in building up the family. The myth further shows that children untrained with responsibilities may end up as carefree as butterflies.
Mytical ant hills, says a Philippine myth, can reveal two vital things to the curious. They can either teach one to behave or pinpoint where house repair problems originate.
One myth on the Mayon Volcano is actually a figurative narrative of the exploits of a heroic people called the Bicolanos. Personified in the courage and skills of three epic chieftains, Bicolanos, though not mentioned even once in the myth, unmistakably inspired it and several other epic myths on Mayon.
MOst people measure success with money and mundane achievements. But some people still value good charcater and base “real” success on it. A Philippine myth on spiders depicts how the young can be easily led to believe that material abundance is success. But parents are around to show the contrary.
The Chocolate Hills of Bohol are an amazing wonder to see. The imagination can soar high with myths unbounded by rigid scientific limits and find pleasure in a fantastic myth that imagines the hills as an aftermath of a mythical combat between two bigheaded giants.
Disadvatageous relationships hinging on personal interests alone can no more last as a friendship between a lion and a rabbit are likely to end up disastrously. A local myth on such unlikely friendship did end up disastrously, but with a slight twist unexpected from a lion-rabbit myth.
The Philippine myth on how the Filipino term for “turnip” came to be is a quite an amusing myth. It symbolizes how the conquered and the conqueror can sometimes unknowingly help each other to resolve an issue. In this case, the myth tells how the native tuber “SIngkamas” was finally christened by Spaniards and Filipinos without knowing it.
Warnings are very important. According to a myth, a timely ounce of warning before danger occurs is a pound of cure that can save even a whole kingdom. A Philippine myth on why roosters have crowns shows the importance of precautionary warnings.
A myth on the gracious and generous Maria Makiling shows her many assistance to the poor. She is said to be generous with doling out gold and jewelry, in addition to personally managing the reforestation of Makiling’s mountain forests, according to this myth.
Hands-on study of a Philippine tale or myth is the best alternative to thoroughly researching and enjoying it. Instead of relying on textbook information, why not go to where it all happened and find out for oneself all about a Philippine tale or myth.