The Creatures of the Philippine Lower Mythology
Imaginary Creatures depicted in a people's lower mythology are one of the most important phenomena in their belief systems. This is because the common folk in particular must strive to maintain harmonious relations with these creatures, a continuous process that permeates many aspects of their everyday lives and requires the intercession of a special person in the community who acts as the medium of communication between them.
The subject of Maximo D. Ramos' work is the creatures of Philippine lower mythology, as this level of folklore is called. In undertaking this study, Dr. Ramos directed his efforts to two principal tasks: (1) making a taxonomic classifaction of all the beings which in his opinion fall within the framework of the problem as found in Philippine folk beliefs and (2) correlating the implications of these beliefs, in terms of these classifications, to education, particularly on the elementary level.