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The God Stealer
Transcript of The God Stealer
Because the narrator tells what happened during the stay of Sam and Philip in Baguio.
Focus of Narration
Short Story- a short written story usually dealing with few characters.
Background of the Author
Francisco Sionil José (born December 3, 1924) is one of the most widely read Filipino writers in the English language. His novels and short stories depict the social underpinnings of class struggles and colonialism in Filipino society. José's works - written in English - have been translated into 22 languages, including Korean, Indonesian, Russian, Latvian, Ukrainian and Dutch. José was born in Rosales, Pangasinan, the setting of many of his stories. He spent his childhood in Barrio Cabugawan, Rosales, where he first began to write. José was of Ilocano descent whose family had migrated to Pangasinan before his birth.
Summary of the Story
Sam Christie and Philip Latak we bestfriends and that was possible because tehy worked in the same office. on one December dawn, Sam Christie was on his way to Ifugao with hsi native assistant. It was his last month in the Philippines and in a matter of days he would return to Boston for that leave which he had not had in years.
During their journey, they talked about hte grandfather of Philip and the different views in the Ifugai. Philip encountered an acquaintance that he did not want to recognize because the latter called him by his native name. When they had arrived on the village of Philip Latak, they met Sadek, Philip's brother. From there, Philip told Sam how his brother, as well as the others in his village, disliked him. After staying for quite some ime in the house of Sadek, they went to Philip's grandfather; but only Philip went inside to meet and talk to the elder.
by: F. Sionil Jose
One of the greatest influences to José was his industrious mother who went out of her way to get him the books he loved to read, while making sure her family did not go hungry despite poverty and landlessness.
José started writing in grade school, at the time he started reading. When José was five years old, his grandfather who was a soldier during the Philippine revolution, had once tearfully showed him the land their family had once tilled but was taken away by rich mestizo landlords who knew how to work the system against illiterates like his grandfather.
José attended the University of Santo Tomas after World War II, but dropped out and plunged into writing and journalism in Manila. In subsequent years, he edited various literary and journalistic publications, started a publishing house, and founded the Philippine branch of PEN, an international organization for writers. José received numerous awards for his work. The Pretenders is his most popular novel, which is the story of one man's alienation from his poor background and the decadence of his wife's wealthy family.
The God Stealer was a first prize winner during the 1959 Palanca awards in the Philippines. The book was published by Solidaridad in 1959. In 1980, Sionil José received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts.
Philip Latak-also known as Ip-pig, a 26 year old Ifugao who lived in Manila. By becoming a city dweller, Phil became less sentimental with his cultural identity, beliefs, and customs.
Sam Christie-a 28 year old American who wanted to view the rice terraces of Mountain province. He was also interested in purchasing an original figure of an Ifugao god.
Sadek- Philip's brother. He embraces his culture.
Grandfather- Philip's grandfather. He symbolizes time, the old days, past stories.
Reverend Doone- managed the Mission, a San Franciscan,
The Lost culture and identity of Filipinos
The colonial mentality of the Filipino people
The rich Filipino culture
Man Vs. Man
Sam wanted the god or the idol, then Philip stole the idol for him. But eventually Philip's grandfather died right after he stole the idol from his bienvenida.
"The bus hugged the thin line of a road that was carved on the mountain side."
It is not just a tale about an Ifugao stealing a religious idol, but also about the friendship that developed between a Filipino and an American, a representation of the relationship that developed between the "colonized" and the "colonizer".
THE GOD STEALER
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* the celebrations of the Ifugaos
*their religion--beliefs, idol
They visited the Mission the following day after having hiked to the villages. And there Reverend Doone invited them for lunch. He told them how he reminisced San Francisco and how he feels like home.
Going down the hill, Sam told Philip that he would not leave Ifugao without a god because it's more than a souvenir and it would remind him of Philip. Then Philip told Sam that he would steal a god for him since he made the vacation and raise possible.
When they reached the village, they went to the grand father of Philip. Sam was please with the prospect of being inside a native Ifugao house for the first time. He was able to see the Ifugao god for the first time, and he witnessed the rite wherein the blood of the slaughtered pig was poured on the head of the idol, and was returned to where it was kept.
The feast began. For some time, Sam Christie was entertained by teh dances and the songs, but soon he was bored. he told Philip that he would like to return to the boarding house.Philip Latak went to the boarding house past midnight carrying his grandfather's idol and he handed it to Sam. They argued if it was better that Philip returned the bloodstained god back to his grandfather. When Sam woke up it was already daylight. It was Philip who had stirred him, his voice shrill and grating. He told Sam that his grandfather is dying. the next day, Sam was told by Sadek that their grandfather is dead and that Philip would not return with Sam to Manila.
Philip told Sam that he would not be coming back to Manila and that he was the reason his grandfather is dead. From that moment, their friendship was broken. Phiip did not, even once, faced Sam. He seemed completely absorbed in his work. Sam knew then that Philip was determined to stay and break his bonds with Sam. Sam realized that Philip was carving a new god to replace the one he stole from his grandfather.