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Friday, September 21, 2012

On Chanting an Ethnoepic (Zialcita)

To chant an epic is to recount the key ideas and images that make life meaningful for one's self and one's community. In addition, to chant an epic is to enter into a ritual that merges the I into a We.

- Fernando N. Zialcita, "Epics and Ethnic Boundaries," in Nicole Revel, ed., Literature of Voice: Epics in the Philippines (Quezon City, Philippines: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2005), 147.

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