The Termite Queen: and Other Classic Philippine Earth Tales
The earth tales retold in this collection belong to the category of legends and myths. They ascribe certain geological forms and events to mighty powers, seen and unseen. The power may be a gigantic hog, a human giant, an elfin spirit, or a pagan deity. In some tales no manipulator is visualized, but one feels an omnipresence behind the magical happenings. A lover's grave swells into a rumbling volcano; islands surface overnight from the deep; a sad woman evolves into a mountain.