Rizal Technological University
Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City
COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS BETWEEN
ODYSSEY AND BIAG NI LAM ANG
Noveno, Sherjun C.
Palon, John Paolo T.
Prof. Lynn M. Besa
February 17, 2015
Skepticism is as much the result of knowledge, as knowledge is of skepticism. To be content with what we at present know is, for the most part, to shut our ears against conviction; since from the very gradual character of our education, we must continually forget and emancipate ourselves from, knowledge previously acquired; we must set aside old notions and embrace fresh ones; and as we learn, we must be daily unlearning something which it has cost us no small labor and anxiety to acquire.
Skepticism has attained its culminating point with respect to Homer, and the state of our Homeric knowledge may be described as a free permission to believe any theory, provided we throw overboard all written tradition, concerning the author of the Iliad and Odyssey. Lots of arguments have appeared to run in a circle. “This cannot be true because it is not true; and that is not true, because it cannot be true.” Such seems to be the style, in which testimony upon testimony, statement upon statement, is consigned to denial and oblivion.
Odyssey is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad. The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature, the Iliad being the oldest.
Another knowledge that has been taken for granted is the Ilocano’s Biag ni Lam Ang. It is an epic poem of the Ilocano people from the Ilocos region of our country, Philippines. It is recited and written in the original Iloco, and is believed to be a composite work of various poets who passed it on through generations and was first transcribed around by a blind Ilocano bard named Pedro Bucaneg. We know little information about...