A lot of people are afraid of new and untried things. They would rather not have anything to do with them. But there are people who are lured by strange things, but often end up harmed. A few learn the wisdom in trying new things in the right way. A myth on the Lanzones fruit tells exactly how new things, done in the proper way, can prove to be very beneficial.
Black cats have earned the infamy for carrying bad luck around. A Philippine tale on them is the culprit. The tale begins with a village boy a longtime ago and somehow ends up in common backyards today. There’s a moral in the tale: Black cats will be black cats and boys will be boys.
A lot of people have become dienchanted with religion for various reasons. And these people have been those who sacrificed a lot for their religion’s cause. A myth on Bernardo Carpio tells of a similar story. This myth hints on the one life purpose we should all work at.
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.
The early notion of Filipinos about God was a provider of all peoples’ needs. A myth on this says that God created the world as needs arised. The myth hints that there was no grand overall blueprint that creation followed. The myth says there were only contingency plans for solving problems as they came.
Wisdom is supreme. Numbers may have strength, but fools en mass can only end in disaster. In fact, a Philippine folklore on numbers versus wisdom illustrates the advantage of wisdom over anything else. Such folklores that enthrone strategy over sheer numbers have steered the spirits of ancient Filipino revolutionaries.
Needing money is not the problem, but loving money is. A Philippine folklore on money stewardship reminds readers of the need to use money to serve us, rather than letting it use us to subservience. And there’s one gauge to check this out: just watch how our families have been doing lately with money.
A mother’s love for her kids is a favorite story theme in the country. Family ties are strong in the Philippines, vowing to stay together in perpetuity, as a Sierra Madre myth shows. The myth illustrates how Filipina mothers are willing to take on any hardship or punishment just to keep a vow to her husband and keep the children secure.
Justice may be blind, but it always makes crime pay. A local myth on why some birds have reddish spots on their chests tells of an almost perfect crime that was condemned and convicted by an unlikely witness. Crime, says the myth, is always an open book.
The Philippine myth on how humans came to be is a good example of how necessities become the mother of invention or creation. And also, how incidental things can lead to major events, as lead roles in a theater play depend on the roles of supporting casts. Life, implies this myth, operates in the interaction of minor and major events, minor and major players.