This is a literary study of the Talaandig folksongs and folktales. Its emphasis is on the courtship practices of the Talaandig people. Using the formalistic approach to criticism, these courtship practices can be gleaned from the literary devices and elements such as rhyme, rhythm, symbols and images, characters, plot, setting and theme. To know how a Talaandig communicates verbally his feelings to the one he loves and how he responds verbally to a courtship situation, the sociological approach is used.
The folksongs and folktales are products of a field work in Barangay Songco, Lantapan, Bukidnon, Philippines. After the collection, these folksongs and folktales undergo text transcription to English. The analyses show that like any other folk narrative, the folksongs and folktales are rich repository of Talaaandig traditions which validate indigenous beliefs, values and practices, especially the courtship practices.
A large percentage of the collected folksongs and folktales portray the Talaandig courtship practices as performed by man and woman. The patterns of courtship reflected in the folksongs and folktales feature timelessness, not only in the periods described in the folksongs and folktales but also in the present. However, some are modified and changed due to some influences.
The findings of the study further reveal that folk literature is a bearer of traditions from the previous generations and that the collected Talaandig folksongs and folktales mirror realities of their lives and continue to reflect certain beliefs, values and practices, especially their courtship practices.
Jovie Perez, Father Saturnino Urios University, Philippines
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