A Cultural Linguistic Analysis Of Surigaonun’s

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This paper documents the horror folktales among the cultural communities of Surigao del Sur in the Philippines, using Palmer’s Cultural Linguistics theory, to reveal the prevailing themes and symbolism. Guided with the objectives, this study employs a qualitative research design particularly narratology and content analysis using the methods of fieldwork, recording of stories and interviews from the elders of the community who were knowledgeable of these stories. The were fourteen folktales collected from elders that were considered as units of analysis. The themes presented in the collected folktales are mystery, greediness, abuse of power, terror, destruction of the nature, wonder of nature, forgiveness and taking responsibility. Meanwhile, the symbols found are lightning symbolic to punishment, snake for betrayal and temptation, white lady for tragedy, church as a place for worship, fire for destruction, ship for journey and cemetery, rock for patience, pier for wide and abundance, pig for overindulgence, unsanitary conditions, greed, and laziness, folk healing for traditional healing practices, and sigbin for fierceness and danger. It is concluded that Surigaonuns' horror folktales, as oral narratives, not only present the mythical background of the cultural community, but also their beliefs as a whole. It is considered to be an important part of Surigaonun customs. It is also a means of preserving this cultural community's edifying unity.

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