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Children of the Ash-covered Loam
Transcript of Children of the Ash-covered Loam
teacher, author, journalist, essayist
Mindoro High School
National University in Manila (no degree)
the Philippine Graphic, the Evening News Magazine, Manila Chronicle, Poetry
CLASSES FROM PROMINENT WRITERS
Stanford University, Columbia University
UST, PWU, UP
founder of the Diliman Review
first president of Philippine Writers' Association
a strip of wood, metal, or stone forming the bottom of a doorway and crossed in entering a house or room
a cover for the blade of a knife or sword
a young hen, especially one less than one year old
to work into dough or paste with the hands
shrubs and small trees forming the undergrowth in a forest
Palanca Memorial Award for Literature awards
Jose Rizal Pro Patria Award
City of Manila Medal of Honor
National Artist Award for Literature in 1997
Centennial Award for Literature in 1998
Nestor Vicente Madali Gonzalez
Children of the Ash-covered Loam
- the main character; a seven-year old boy hungry for knowledge
- Tarang's father
- Tarang's mother
- Tarang's baby sister
- the woman who gave the pig to Tarang
- the midwife
- Tarang's uncle; owns the clearing
Tia Pulin and Tia Adang
- Tarang's aunts who were there during the offering
Tarang receives a pig given to his father by Paula.
Tarang comes with his parents to the kaingin.
Tatay kills a chicken as an offering. Tio Longinos continues the ritual by setting up a cross and placing incense.
Tia Orang visits them in order to tend for Nanay's belly. She eats supper with them, talking of Evil Ones and Spirits.
Tarang hears noises while half-asleep. As he checks outside, he stubs his toe. The story ends by the emrgence of another life.
man vs. society
light, a sense of realism (reflecting life), hope for a new life
Point of View:
third person omniscient
brief and simple words
WHAT THE STORY SHOWS
rugged rural areas of Mindoro
fathers as decision-makers
children toiling in the fields at early ages
the kaingin system
old beliefs and Filipino superstition
the cycle of life
INTERPRETATION (last scene of the story):
reader is left to ponder whether the new life is from the pig or the planted seeds
representational of the cycle of life and death
"... and the hurt was not half as keen as it might have been, not half as sharp as his hunger for knowing ..."
“... held the headless pullet up with one hand, to let the blood spurt well and make a long leap ...”
“Let citronella grass give fragrance… let ginger appease the Evil Ones… let iron give weight to the heads of rice on this clearing.”
"So you bartered it for that pullet... for that dumalaga?"
"You stay in the shade and let your mother work."
a long, narrow open container for animals to eat or drink out of akimbo (adv.)
with hands on the hips and elbows turned outward
made from hemp fiber
any of the narrow strips of wood or narrow iron plates placed edge to edge to form the sides, covering, or lining of a vessel or structure frond (n.)
the leaf or leaflike part of a palm, fern, or similar plant
the seed coverings and other debris separated from the seed in threshing grain
to exchange (goods or services) for other goods or services without using money
"Literature is an affair of letters,"
- N.V.M Gonzales
Angelo M. Mariscotes