Alternative Alamat: An Anthology: Myths and Legends from the Philippines

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The Philippines is an archipelago nation of more than 7000 islands and almost 200 ethnolinguistic communities. The diversity of indigenous cultures has led to a vast pantheon of gods, goddesses, and other deities, heroes, monsters, and creatures. The number of myths and legends from the Philippines is unfathomable. Throughout the centuries, the stories have transformed and developed. Many stories still continue to change with the times.

Alternative Alamat: An Anthology is curated and edited by Paolo Chikiamco. In its third edition, it’s the first publication in English. Alamat is the Filipino word for legend, making this book a collection of new stories of Filipino mythology. As a non-Filipino reviewer, I was drawn to this book because of my interest in the tales. These unique renditions, sometimes keeping up with the modern age, do not disappoint. The legends come from thirteen different Filipino authors. Some are known to western audiences, like Budjette Tan, the creator of the Trese series. In addition to the tales, this book offers expert interviews, a glossary of notable deities, and even a comic strip. This is an incredible book for those familiar with folklore or those wanting to learn more.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 224 pages
Publisher Tuttle Publishing
Publish Date 16-Aug-2022
ISBN 9780804855570 Buy this Book
Issue November 2022
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy