Clash of spirits : the history of power and sugar planter hegemony on a Visayan island /

This text illuminates the oral traditions of the Philippines and the convergence of capitalism and the indigenous spirit world. The author examines the social relations, cultural meanings and political struggles surrounding the rise of sugar haciendas on Negros during the late Spanish colonial perio...

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Author / Creator: Aguilar, Filomeno V.
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Language notes:In English.
Imprint: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, ©1998.
Series:Book collections on Project MUSE.
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Summary:This text illuminates the oral traditions of the Philippines and the convergence of capitalism and the indigenous spirit world. The author examines the social relations, cultural meanings and political struggles surrounding the rise of sugar haciendas on Negros during the late Spanish colonial period, and their subsequent transformation under the aegis of the American colonial state. Drawing on oral history, interviews and a wide array of sources culled from archives in Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, the author reconstructs the emergence of a sugar-planter class and its strategic maneuvers to attain hegemony. The book portrays local actors taking an active role in shaping the external forces that impinge on their lives. It examines hacienda life from the indigenous perspective of magic and spirit beliefs, reinterpreting several critical phases of Philippine history in the process. By analyzing mythic tales as bearers of historical consciousness, the author explores the complex interactions between local culture, global interventions, and capitalist market forces.
Item Description:Print version record.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xiii, 313 pages) : maps
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-303) and index.
ISBN:0585258945
0824861914
9780585258942
9780824861919