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Today’s podcast story is called “Why the Cow’s Skin is Loose on the Neck”, obtained from the Philippine Popular Tales by Dean S. Fansler, and read by Ma. Rossana Z. Maglalang.
Prepared by Kristine Anne P. Valdellon and Ma. Rossana Z. Maglalang.
A. Discussion Questions
- The relationship between the poor farmer and his animals, the cow and the carabao, can be likened to a “master-slave” relationship.
- Based on the story, what characterizes a master?
- Based on the story, what characterizes a slave?
- Based on the story, what characterizes the relationship between the master and the slave?
- What other relationships do you see in your experience that can be likened to a master-slave relationship? Describe why you think so.
- Let us talk about changing the situation between the poor farmer and the animals.
- What can the poor farmer do to become a better master to his animals?
- What can society do to make poor farmers better masters to their animals?
- Which solution do you favor? Why?
B. Class Activity
Students can form groups of two or three to write their own legends that explain why certain animals or plants look the way they do. Some examples: Why do zebras have stripes? Why do giraffes have long necks? Why do roses have thorns? Why do cauliflowers have curly tops?
Source: Dean S. Fansler, Filipino Popular Tales. Lancaster, PA. and New York: American Folklore Society and G. E. Stechert and Co., 1921. Available from Project Gutenberg.
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The Monkey and The Turtle
Sun and Moon
The Story of Our Fingers
Why the Cow’s Skin is Loose on the Neck
The Lost Necklace
Ang Pagong at ang Matsing
Ang mga Paglalakbay ni Juan
Ang Pinagmulan ng Daigdig (Si Malakas at si Maganda)
Ang Unang Unggoy
Ang Alamat ng Palay
Ang Pinagmulan ng Lamok
Kung Paano Yumaman si Jackyo
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