An Analysis of Ramon Muzones' Margosatubig
Juan Miguel T. Tan
Unification sans Differentiation
In an archipelago of 7, 107 islands, are these claims even conceivable: unification in the light of division, variety, and differentiation?
First of all, you need to contextualize. In more contemporaneous moments, the Philippine islands, while very much archipelagic has not been able to escape from that of imperialism non-etheless. One of our perhaps significant colonizers, the Spaniards, presented a structure for the indios that people once were. Perhaps most obviously, perhaps, among the list of myriad of their influences is that of religion – they introduced the concept of Christianity to all of us, Filipinos who were predominantly religion-less until the time that we had been colonized. But if we once again go back to even more the modern context, we realize that while Christianity just about dominates the whole archipelago, nearly an entire sector, an entire enterprise and area of the Philippine islands is completely outclassed by the religion Islam. Yet again, we resume the concept of an archipelagic state in order to be capable to understand this " religious split. ”
Has our being divided by way of several, 107 island destinations benefited us or experience it perhaps generated our staying differentiated even more? Clearly, in such a way, it was capable to help in sparing a part of our country, specifically Mindanao, from your oppressive colonizers. But at the very same period we query, was this all good? Mainly because right now, it appears as if although a part of each of our country had been spared from the oppression of Western colonizers, we have drastically been divided by way of religious beliefs, more than that in the geographical line(s) that obviously separate(s) all of us. In more contemporaneous times, this " religious division” has taken about disparities and battles within our individual country. But you may be wondering what is the root cause of all of this disparity and disagreement?
Through his new Margosatubig, Ramon Muzones answers this question especially through his key character, Salagunting, who is associated with this diversity within our country in his like a Christian-Muslim hybrid. In a way, he asks his readers, why do we always have to consider this division in the unfavorable? Is a region and national identity defined and identified solely by having a single religion?
It would be secure to agree that indeed, the problem of diversity via religion can be described as central issue to the novel because by it comes what Muzones tells us is definitely the real issue – the fight for Margosatubig. But while it can be indeed a problem, it is transcended by this incredibly fight for Margosatubig and how Salagunting is constantly aiming to reclaim the land that was originally his. This kind of novel, consequently , becomes not just a question of diversity, although more importantly a question of nationwide identity. And to understand specifically how Ramon Muzones could showcase this kind of, we have to look at various components and facets of the story, specially the very establishing of the history and that in the main character, Salagunting and how he represents our land through his adventures and experiences. It is important to appear first and foremost with the world which the story, Margosatubig revolves around. Ramon Muzones products for us and presents to us this kind of imaginary community in which his characters center and maneuver around, composed of differing fantastical components involving magic and flying fish and kinaadman. Nevertheless at the same time, as luck would have it, in this extremely fictitious globe that is Margosatubig, lies an extremely realistic representation of a reality, one of the major groups of the Thailand, that of Mindanao, which this individual makes sure to determine as simply and arrogantly Muslim.
And despite the fact that the story was set in the not-so-contemporaneous moments, it can very much be seen how almost perfectly, it mirrors that of real time and the turmoil between that of Christians and Muslims. In many ways, Ramon Muzones converges a historical time-frame with that associated with an entirely make believe one. Since had been previously established, we all, as...