The Metamorphosis of Selected Maranao Stories into Dances


This study was designed to select folk stories where the five Maranao folkdances were believed to have originated from. Since it is believed that folk tradition is best transmitted orally, this study probed into another element in preserving folk tradition and that is through dance. Also, by looking into the different folk perspectives and analyzing what elements a story needs to be able to understand how the Maranao society values their folk tradition, this study aimed specifically to answer the following questions: (1) What is the common folk perspective translated into story and dance in Maranao literature? (2) Which between the story and the dance is more embedded in the society? And (3) What are the thematic elements in the stories? The stories and dances collected were analyzed and observations of their transition and transformations were then used to generate the following findings: (1) the common folk perspective of the collected stories is about the Maranao maratabat, which is their concept of pride and shame, (2) between the stories and the dances, the dances are more embedded in society. This means the dances are perpetuated and more popular by the younger generation; and (3) the three stories collected were found to have similar themes of pride and honor.

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Jiamila E. Panaraag, Capitol University, Philippines
Geldolin L. Inte, Capitol University, Philippines

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Conference: LibrAsia2015
Stream: Librarianship - Digital humanities

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