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Importance Why Do We Study Philippine Literature?

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James Milford answered
• Whatever nationality you are it is always very important to study the literature of your country. In doing so you are not only learning about the historical aspects of your land, but you are also keeping alive the thoughts, beliefs and cultural variations of your ancestors that differentiate your country from the rest of the world.

• Everyone's homeland has a cultural history. Mine, being from Wales, is rich in Celtic mythology with a strong ancient tradition of defending our small land from foreign invaders, all whilst keeping alive our native language and the artistic elements of our culture such as music, poetry and verse. In the Philippines, it seems that literature documents a progression of culture and foreign colonizers, leading on to eventual independence.

• A country's literature also tells us about its civilization in a form other than straight fact. Literature is usually one person's description of a situation told through their own personal feelings; eyewitness testimony to historical events that we were not present at.  Writers have a talent for bringing the past back to life with emotive language and metaphor, helping us to imagine scenarios that may have happened decades, or even centuries, ago.

• It could also be said that the deeper you look into your country's literature the more you will find out about yourself and your upbringing, whilst understanding the political and economic impact the past has had upon your land. Literature gives us the power to trace our identity, both nationalistically and personally, through our ancestors and peers.
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yarnlady answered
The study of various cultures helps us to understand our world and how it works.

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