You Shall Be As Gods (2nd Edition)
You Shall Be As Gods by Dennis Santos Villegas explores the many variations of belief in the anting-anting or the local talisman, and its role in Philippine history, culture and psychology. The anting-anting is part of an elaborate system of belief that has evolved over the centuries, synthesizing the animist spirituality of ancient precolonial Filipinos with the Catholic doctrines brought in during the Spanish colonial period. Once used by oppressed Filipinos to protect and defend themselves from colonizers, it has become a way for ordinary people to assert power over their own destinies.
This second edition contains two new chapters: one on the role of women in organized religion and another dedicated to the categorization of anting-anting. This book is the triumphant result of in-depth research coupled with the derring-do of first-person gonzo journalism.
Vibal Foundation Inc., Philippines
Softcover / 10.5 x 8.25 inches / 188 pages / Color