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Influences of Christianity to Fil Culture

Influences of Christianity to Fil Culture

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paper in Asian Civilization on the Infuences of Christianity to the Filipino culture

paper in Asian Civilization on the Infuences of Christianity to the Filipino culture


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Published by: iamdel on Oct 02, 2009
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Khristine Delgado29 September 2004Final Paper on Asian Civ
INTRODUCTIONChristianity mainly the Roman Catholic Church began its way in the Philippineduring the Spanish colonization. Philippines then was under the form of animisticbelief.Christianity has been popular in the Western part of the world where it was adriving force in the field of arts and science. Monarchs are patron of the church andit has inspired many artists to do great works that until now fascinates audiences.Philippines to be described before the Christian faith is like what I have saidbefore – in animistic religion. They pay tribute to nature and believe that they aregoverned by
. Their supreme being was called
, and the anitos arespirits of nature and their ancestors. According to their faith, they can still intercedewith human activities and demand homage for their blessings to the Filipinos. Thehomage are in the form of dances, chants, and harvest offerings. These aresupervised by a village’s
. The Babaylan is considered to be the priest,doctor and political adviser all-rolled into one. They are commonly women who agedin wisdom.This is the Filipino faith before the Spaniards came. Their god is Bathala andthe anitos are their guardians. Their life was governed by the knowledge that thereare stronger forces around them that they have to acknowledge. In this light we cansee the innate religiousness of Filipinos and their devotion to their faith.In the appearance of the Spaniards in the Philippines they used the religion of Christianity to connect with the Filipinos. Later on they started the communicationand trading. Slowly the religion crept into the life of Filipinos and somehowintegrated itself in the existing beliefs that the native folks has. In the process it hascreated a constructive merge of Christianity and the folk religion. This merge iscalled
.Until today, the effect of this fusion can still be felt among the dominatingreligion of Christianity. It has influenced the way Filipinos mange their lifestyle andmolded their tradition. It already became a major influence in the cultural formationof the Philippine society.The influence of the Christian religion manifested through the arts and socialfunctions of the society. Among the art forms that the influences can be seen are in
architecture, music, literature, and other visual arts. The religion became aninstrument for the creativity of Filipinos to flow in.Its influence can also be felt or recognized in the social aspect of thePhilippines: the traditions, beliefs, and commonly through the values of each Filipinois formed through the light of this religion.Although Christianity seemed to be dominant in the Filipino culture, it cannotbe denied that other religions are profound in this society. Among these are Islam,Protestant, and other religions sects that sprung out of Filipinos innate search forspiritual enlightenment. In this paper, we will focus on Christianity on the Filipinoculture, and will try to view things according to this subject.

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