Bewitching Balete Trees around the Philippines – Travel Up. If I had to pick a favorite tree, it would be the Balete (a relative of the Banyan tree). There’s just something about their haunting appearance, gnarled roots and their close ties to creatures of folklore that I find fascinating. They often look and feel like they could be portals to the Underworld. Or at least the setting for a good horror story. The Balete tree is infamous in Philippine folklore for being the dwelling place of engkantos or supernatural creatures and nature spirits such as dwendes (dwarves), kapres (tree demons), diwatas (fairies) and tikbalangs (demon horses). If you grew up in the Philippines, you’ve probably been told by superstitious folk not to go anywhere near these trees as these could be gateways to the world of myths. Balete trees are so famous that Pinoy movies and Halloween TV specials have been made about them. Considered sacred trees in other cultures, Balete trees are actually epiphytes, a type of plant from the fig family that grows on other trees.
How to Travel the Underworld of Philippine Mythology. PHILIPPINE MYTHOLOGY: A Chart of the Deities, Creatures & Heroes. INTO THE PANTHEON OF AMULET GODS | MANILENYA. Dying to perk up your sex life without getting under the knife, subjecting yourself to therapies and drugs? Eager to seduce a lover, attract a husband or wife? Santo Niñong Hindi Binyagan agimat(Unbaptized Holy Child) Sex happens to be the specialty of the naked Infant Jesus (“Santo Niñong Hubad”) talisman, also called the Unbaptized Christ Child (“Niñong Hindi Binyagan”) or (“Santo Niñong May Ari”) infant Jesus with exposed genitalia. Clothe the same icon in the regalia of the Sto Niño of Prague and he becomes the Baptized Infant Jesus (“Niñong Binyagan’).
In either guise, local amulet aficionados (“mag-aanting”) swear he works wonders. Still, I’ve never known he existed, along with so many other talismans and amulets, until I visited the Yuchengco Museum last week. Pagkabuhay agimat(Resurrection) No, I didn’t stumble in some ancient magician’s trove, just the museum’s first ever “Pinoy Power Packs” exhibit.
Atardar with Siete Virgenes agimat(Atardar with 7 Virgins) Animasola agimat (wood) Creatures & Mythical Beings from Philippine Folklore & Mythology. The Aswang Project. VISAYAN WAR GODS | Philippine Mythology. Share your love of Philippine Mythology & Folklore The “trinity” of Visayan War gods invoked before or during battle were Yna Guinid (the goddess of war and poisons), Barangaw (the god of rainbow and symbol of hope), and Makanduk (god of war and plunder) – patron god of the mangatang or sea bandits/pirates. The Timawa were the privileged intermediate class of ancient Visayan society, in between the uripon (commoners, serfs, and slaves) and the tumao (royal nobility). They were originally descendants or illegitimate children of the datu by commoner wives or uripon concubines, or the illegitimate children of the binokot princesses.
Like the Tagalog Maharlika class, the Timawa were primarily a feudal warrior class, required to provide military service to the datu in hunts, land wars (Mangubat or Managayau), and sea raids (Mangahat or Magahat). This warrior class had deities which they called upon – Nagunid or Ynaguinid, Macanduk or Malandok and Barangaw/Balangaw. 2017 © The Aswang Project. ANIMISM | Understanding Philippine Mythology (Part 1 of 3) Share your love of Philippine Mythology & Folklore A few weeks ago I published a compendium of over 200 creatures in Philippine Mythology.
A week later, I published a chart that outlines the gods and monsters and the regions they come from. A question that kept popping up on social media was, “why are there so many?” So I decided it was time to get my ass in gear and finish up an article I have been working on which outlines the how and why of Philippine Mythology. The following three articles are a compilation of what I have learned while being a Philippine Mythology enthusiast.
The theories on how the Philippines was populated is of constant debate. The evolution of beliefs in the Philippines had eight waves of influence. Negrito TribesOut of Sundaland ModelAustronesian ExpansionIndianized KingdomsSinified StatesMuslim StatesChristianityWesternization Negrito Tribes: It is known that the first inhabitants of the Philippines were the negrito tribes, or Aeta. Negritos on Luzon. An Ultimate Guide To Philippine Mythology Gods And Goddesses. For more interesting facts about the Philippines and its culture, please check out our latest book, “FilipiKnow: Amazing Facts & Figures Every Pinoy Must Know.” Imagine yourself living in ancient Philippines. No Christianity, Islam, or any of the modern-day religions.
Everything you need to survive are literally in front of you–food, clothes, a roof over your head, you name it. But while things around you seem to be in perfect order, a tidal wave of confusion starts forming in your mind. You’re now questioning your very own existence. The answer, according to our ancestors, is Philippine mythology. Nope, we’re not going to talk about the whitewashed deities you grew up watching in movies.
Philippine mythology is much more important than you think. Bathala (creation god; [top]), a diwata (goddess/fairy, guardian of nature; [bottom]) and the Sarimanok (center) of Philippine mythology and folklore. For them, it was not just a belief in invisible higher beings. The late anthropologist H. 1. 2. THE ASWANG PROJECT | Philippine Mythology & Folklore | Legendary Filipino Creatures and Myths | Educational information about the Philippines. PHILIPPINE MYTHOLOGY: A Chart of the Deities, Creatures & Heroes. I’m a very visual person. My office wall is plastered with thumb tacks, maps and strings from when I charted out the history and evolution of the Tikbalang and Kapre for the Creatures of Philippine Mythology web series I am working on.
As I began researching future episodes (Bakunawa, Diwata, Tiyanak, and Manananggal), I realized that I was stuck in a labour intensive repetition of the research I had done previously. I found myself scouring over the belief systems of every region of the Philippines, and mentally charting it out – again! I would then cross reference with other research, historical documents and mythical stories from the Philippines and the surrounding countries. This has been part of my process since I began work on The Aswang Phenomenon back in 2006.
The academic view on “mythology” has evolved and changed from how it was viewed in the past. This is partly the fault of the Spanish, and partly the fault of the Philippine academe.