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The Darangen Epic of the Maranao People of Lake Lanao
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Comprising 17 cycles and a total of 72,000 lines, the Darangen celebrates episodes from Maranao history and the tribulations of mythical heroes. In addition to having a compelling narrative content, the epic explores the underlying themes of life and death, courtship, love and politics through symbol, metaphor, irony and satire. The Darangen also encodes customary law, standards of social and ethical behaviour, notions of aesthetic beauty, and social values specific to the Maranao. To this day, elders refer to this time-honoured text in the administration of customary law.

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Place/country: Philippines,
Series: 2008 Inscriptions on the Representative List/Inscriptions 2008 sur la liste représentative
Type: Documentary
Duration: 10 minutes
Published in: 2008

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