Philippines Mythology: god and goddess
If you are in love with greek or Roman mythology, you may also like the Philippines Mythology which is full of magic and adventures. Before I published some of their stories I would like to introduce some gods and goddesses that can capture your heart.
He was the supreme creator of heaven and earth. Bathala is often called by the ancient Tagalog as Maykapal or Abba. His existence is still unknown, unlike other goddess. Bathala is located in the highest realm of heaven. People often give Bathala offerings that make Him happy and offer shelter to His people. Suddenly the people become dependent on Him and the expression "Bahala na" is created (whatever may happen). The expression shows the recklessness of action and poor decisions making. Because of this attitude Bathala bestowed punishment by striking lightning at them or the field. When the Spaniards arrived He was then referred to Panginoon.
According to the Tagalog and Pangasinan people, He was the god of sun and war. The son of creator Bathala and a human with a sister named Mayari(Goddess of Moon). Problem arise when Bathala was asleep they fought for who will lead the earth. Because of the furious power of Apolaki, He blinded his sister resulting in dimming the light of Mayari.
Apolaki saw the situation of his sister and felt sorry for what happened. It was then decided that they both rule the earth. During morning Apolaki shows full bright light with his eyes wide open while at night a cool dimmed light because of blinded Mayari.
As mentioned above she was the goddess and ruler of the earth during the night. She was blinded by her brother as mentioned above. She becomes the epitome of strength of the women and wields a strong mind in a strategic battle.
According to history, she was the sister of Mayari. She was assigned to paint the sky with stars during the feast in heaven by Bathala. In other versions of the stories Tala is the daughter of Mayari and they fill the night with glittering stars. They were separated with Her father the goddess of the sun because mayari believed that Her daughters cannot endure the heat of the sun.
Amihan is a genderless deity that is the form of bird. Do you remember the story of malakas and maganda? Amihan saved them by cracking the bamboo into halves. It believes that amihan is one of the three creatures that started the world. The diety oftens show as a Golden Eagle.
She was the goddess of the ocean and protects the fishermen. Aman Sinaya doesn't have a good relation with Bathala. She often sends hurricanes to heaven. As a sign of forgiveness and friendship Bathala planted bamboo on the seafloor. Then, our first ancestor appears in the form of man named malakas(strong) and maganda(beautiful) as a woman. Aman Sinaya then gives shelter to them.
He manipulates whether to nourish the land and enrich the medicinal plants to give to the people who are sick. He has an eternal love to lakapati the goddess of health. Their love story is the basis of "Ligawan" as he waited for a long time to have the sweet yes of Lakapati. He was also known as the kindest diety in Tagalog mythology.
She was the goddess of good deeds and labor. She was often referred to as the goddess of labor. She gives guidance to the people to make them successful in their field of work. She was one of the servant of the sky that serves Bathala.
This god and goddess are worshipped before 400BC and the Philippines was not colonized by the Spaniards. Imagine if we are not being influenced by other countries. Did we still worship this many goddesses? Can we have rich literature like Greece?
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I really enjoy reading your article because it's fictional which seems to be more interesting when you go deep in the story. Filipinos has a rich beliefs especially when it talks about mythical creatures. It is one of my favorite fictional story when I was in grade school and to tell you I have some preserve books here.