The God Stealer:
Filipino Personality in FictionThe story Our god Stealer, just like F. Sionil Jose's additional novels focuses on the debilitating effect of the colonialrule in the Filipino identity formation.
The story begins with two officemates Philip Latak (an Ifugao through the Mountain Province now working inManila) and Mike Cristie, a north american on the shuttle bus to Baguio.
Philip (Ip-pig) now lives in Manila against the wants of his immediate family, particularly his grandfatherwho meant to bequeth to Philip his discuss of the famous rice balconies. They are on their method to Baguio forone purpose: Mike wants to purchase a genuine Ifugao god since souvenir and Philip was to help him find anauthentic one through his local connections.
Philip is definitely a Christian who also no longer has any respect or affection for the Ifugao customs and religion. �
He looks at himself a city boy and has no desire to return to mountain life. Despite this attitude, hisgrandfather is pleased to see him and decides to toss a big get together in his reverance. On the day with the party, Samand Philip find that no Ifugao is ready to sell his god. And as a final measure, Philip gives to steal the god of his grandfather because he feels it might be his way of showing his gratitude to Sam intended for giving him a rise atwork. The consequences of this act will be severe.
The next day, his grandfather died because he learned that his the almighty was stolen. He also explains to Sam thatPhilip will no longer end up being going back to Manila. Inquisitive, Sam actively seeks Philip in order to find him working in hisgrandfather's home. Philip poignantly explains his reasons for choosing in which to stay the mountains: " I could forgive myself for achieveing stolen that. But the outdated man- he previously always been smart, Sam. This individual knew that itwas We who achieved it from the very start. This individual wanted so much to believe it wasn't We. But he couldn't pretend -and nor can I. I killed him, Mike. I killed him since I wanted to be free from these. These cursedterraces. Because I desired...