Alurring beauty can sometimes seem like a curse. Without intending to, one can be the object of malicious gossip, lust, envy, and wrath. In fact, even a local myth tells of an innocent young virgin turned into the townfolks’ odium, suffering the lustful appetite of men and the irrational ire of insecure women. But beauty can sometimes last forever, as the myth later concludes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.