This is an old entry from my old livejournal, dated 06 April 2009. Four years ago.
I just finished Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.” I admit that I am not a big fan of mythology, as much as my sister or Elaine. And the most “valuable” insight I got from the book is:
The Roman Catholic Church/Faith has turned Filipino Gods into mere Monsters
Maybe I am not very informed, and that is the problem. If these gods live on by the virtue of belief–their powers are based on how many channel them or worship them. But how can we worship monsters? We are told to feat monsters: They would eat us alive, poison us, take us into bizarre regions where rice is black and salty.
I am not informed the true virtues, values and greatness of our Filipino gods– if we ever had any. All I know of our mythology is that we are rich with mythological monsters–tikbalang, tiktik, almost all of which are scary. (please inform me if there is anyone, except Maria Makiling–who is a nymph– any Filipino god out there)
All I have been told that all these creatures that our “ancestors have worshiped” are proven not to exist anymore. The Catholic faith has banished all our gods to nonexistence or even, to an extent, to hell.
Maybe whoever reduced these gods isscared that people will not adapt to the faith enough and see these gods as threats. and that “we do not have a need for them” because we will only need God, Jesus Christ. But it is enriching, as a culture, to know about these things.