Reasons 1 The original book was rare 2 It was the only civil as opposed to

Reasons 1 the original book was rare 2 it was the

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Reasons: 1.The original book was rare. 2.It was the only civil, as opposed to religious or ecclesiastical history of the Philippines written during colonial period. 3.It is more objective, trustworthy, than those written by the religious missionaries which were liberally sprinkled with tales of miracles and apparitions. 4.It appeared more sympathetic to indios.
5.Morga was an eyewitness. Rizal’s Interpretation of History Pre- Hispanic Filipinos had a system of writing and an accompanying written literature which was destroyed by missionaries who saw these as “works of the devil”. Pre- Hispanic Filipinos had an advanced knowledge on metallurgy. The existence of a pre- Hispanic ship-building industry. Rizal’s Annotation To Morga Importance -Creates a sense of national consciousness or identity. Defects (Blumentritt’s critique) -Hindsight -Anticlericalism Rizal’s Scholarship Rizal did not take criticism well. According to Isabelo de los Reyes, Rizal and Morga’s views differ by Rizal’s excessive patriotism.

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