While in the Philippines I got my copy of the Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal, the Tagalog translation of it (one of my favourite places in the Philippines is the National Book Store that can be found in many SM malls).
I find it a great way to practice malalim na Tagalog.
While reading chapter 11, I came across a character named Pilosopo Tasyo. He was known as Don Atanasio by the taong may pinag-aralan or as Tasyo by the mga walang pinag-aralan. He is described as a man who was madalas makitang palibut-libot sa mga lansangab nang walang tiyak na pakitunguhan (like most reasonings of philosophers for that matter).
Anyway, on page 85 of the Tagalog version of the Noli, said pilosopo says something quite interesting and telling about one of the core beliefs of the mainstream religion of the Philippines, the “Purgatory”: hindi man lamang daw nabanggit ni Hesukristo at ni Moises ang Purgatorio. Wala raw sa Bibliya at sa Santong Ebanghelio ang Purgatorio .
The religion that the Spanish passed on to the Filipino was already the result of layers upon layers of tradition built on top of the original nugget of Christianity and Filipinos mixed it even further with some of the traditions of their mga ninuno.
I think that if mainstream religion had remained consistent with the original teachings of Hesukristo…Moises and the Santong Ebanghelio there would be a lot less mystical tradition and a lot less corruption, karahasan, bawal na gamot, labis ng alak, awayan, patayan, barilan and suntukan…..