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Excavating a hidden bell story from the Philippines: a revised myth of cultural-linguistic loss and recuperation

Kelly, Piers Stuart Thomas


Stories of hidden valuable artefacts are told in many parts of the Philippines. One such tale is of a church bell, concealed to prevent theft but now beyond reach (Motif V115.1.3 Sunken church bell cannot be raised). Typically, these stories are transmitted orally. However the small Eskaya community of southeast Bohol maintains a written version of a lost-bell tale included in a larger intergenerational archive of handcopied literature. Since the early 1980s, the Eskaya have been an object of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015-12
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Folklore Research 51.3 (2015)


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