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Celestial Gods (Philippine Mythology) by alceoftheart Celestial Gods (Philippine Mythology) by alceoftheart
I've been a fan of Mythology since high School so if you want share the mythology of your country please don't mind,I don't discriminate.

oh if you see any errors please inform me thanks

well first allow me to share the Mythology of my Country, the Philippines... ahem a little introduction

The deities of Philippine mythology are the gods, goddesses and diwatas worshiped by ancient Filipinos before the Christianization of the natives after the Spanish conquest of the Philippines. While not as widely known as its European and Asian counterparts, they have similar elements and characteristics when compared to other mythologies.

Ancient Philippine mythology varies among the many indigenous tribes of the Philippines. Some tribes during the pre-Spanish era believed in a single supreme being alongside with the lesser divinities who created the world and everything in it while others chose to worship a multitude of trees as an act of anmism. Below are some of the gods and goddesses of the various ancient Philippine tribes:

The art here represent one of the most renowned gods and goddesses during the pre-spanish time in southern and western Luzon, (meaning southern Tagalog up to Pampanga)

These are Apo Laki-guardian of the sun and the god of war, Mayari the goddess of the moon, and Tala the goddess of the stars. The three siblings of Bathala, the Tagalog god of the heavens

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Apo Laki (Tagalog name/Pampango name)
Adlaw (Visayan name)
Apo Kaoley (Pampango name/ Tagalog Name)

Deity Role : Guardian of Sun and War

info: Apo Laki or Apo kaoley, is the god of the sun and war that can be found in Tagalog & Pampanga Mythology. When the ancient Tagalogs (pertaining to the Tagalog ethnic group) go to war, they do a ritual dance of war in honor or in hopes that Apo Laki will favor them and and let them win the coming battle.

relationship: Apo Laki, is one of Bathala's son to a mortal woman meaning he is a demi god and brother to Mayari and Tala. However in some tribal accounts, Apolaki is not the son of Bathala but the son of Anagolay, the goddess of lost things and Dumakulem the guardian of mountains.

However the most common used mythology about Apo laki's relationship is that he is siblings with Mayari and Tala

*The Conflict between the Sun and the Moon*
These Mythology is used to explain why there is a sun at day and a moon at night. According to folklore the god Apo Laki, who ruled the sun and Mayari the one who ruled the moon fought over dominion over earth. Apo Laki wants total domination while Mayari wants an Equal share of rule, they fought on a devastating duel which ended up blinding Mayari on one of her eye (which eye however is not said on the Mythology).

Apolaki once dominated by rage felt sorry for what he did and decided to finally end the conflict and share the rule of earth with Mayari [link]

Mayari (tagalog name)
Malyari (pampango name)
Bulan (Visayan name)

Deity Role
Guardian and Goddess of the moon

info
The one eyed goddess of the moon and sister to Apo Laki and Tala. Like Apo Laki, she too is a demi goddess, she guards the moon and gives light to the night along with Tala the goddess of the stars. She is blind with one eye because of what happened between her and her brother Apo Laki, this explains why the moon is changing shapes (pertaining to moon phases).

Other moon goddess
the ancient Filipinos are very superstitious especially in the moon, another moon goddess from Luzon by the name of Haliya [link], a Bikolano Deity, who wears a mask to battle and the main rival of the moon devouring dragon Bakunawa [link]

Tala
Not much is said about Tala as the daughter of Bathala, only that she ruled the stars (and is usually referred to as the “evening and morning star”). There are, however, varied accounts of her origination. One myth tells us that she is not the daughter of Bathala, but in fact the child of moon goddess Buan (probably a variation of “Bulan”). It is said that Tala warns her mother of sun god Arao’s (Adlaw) rampage, and only when the sun is gone is it safe for Buan to bring forth the stars in the sky.

List of other Filipino gods and goddesses
[link]

wiki source: [link]
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IsangsimaronBatis Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm using your awesome work as a reference--it's sad there are so few depictions of Filipino deities! D: 
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ramones1986 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm the one who submitted this to HistoryRocks because it's both lovely and reflected the history of the Philippines.
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Student
Ah I see thanks a bunch bro :)
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ramones1986 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem
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cioven Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi. my name is Jovencio Jimenez and Im a researcher about Philippine mythology.. I would just like to ask if you could participate in a survey that I made for my thesis, this involves the effect of an innovation of Philippine Mythology, by applying illustration from culture mapping. for more information you can visit my page at at www.facebook.com/mitopilipinas…;

the innovation consists of having a basis for its illlustration, or "Culture mapping", a method named by its author, to create distinction.

the survey only consists of 13 questions, and would take only 3-5 minutes of your time. 

hoping for your response

salamat
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cioven Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi. my name is Jovencio Jimenez and Im a researcher about Philippine mythology.. I would just like to ask if you could participate in a survey that I made for my thesis, this involves the effect of an innovation of Philippine Mythology, by applying illustration from culture mapping.

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Chibi-usa12345 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
It's so cuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!!!!!!!!
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this is so beautiful!! i rarely see fans of philippine myth!!
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student
thanks ^_^
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Emese13 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Wow! Thank you very much for this. I fond of mythology too since Elementary school (my first was Egypt), but I never heard about Philippine mythology before. It´s very interesting. Really thanks!
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Student
no problem, I intend to expose our Mythology for quite sometime now, it is a waste if this guys be left in the books. Thank your appreciating it ^-^
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YS-Liliumsynth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   Writer
speechless 'tol~~~~:faint:
you really did your homework ah.:iconnicejobplz:
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student
wow thanks ^_^ hahaha medyo madugo yan pero okay lang ^_^ na share ko naman ang myth natin kaya it's worth it!
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YS-Liliumsynth Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   Writer
lulz nuuuu~~~~;p di naman "madugo". "madugo" is a term frequently used by people na tamad, and for compliance-sake notion lang (like mga students).

but YOU---you have been researching this as part of your life's goal, 'tol~~~^^ :iconheehee-plz:

you're on a WINNING SCALE, not "madugo"~~~^^ :la::highfive:
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student
whaaaaaaa so that's the term for "madugo"? I usually use Madugo kapag mabigat na task o kaya mahaba-habang research hehehehe gannun pala yon. Thanks for the info ^-^
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Chibi-usa12345 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
madugo = bloody

I'm a Filipino so I know
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YS-Liliumsynth Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   Writer
di naman...pero KADALASAN kasi, mga students who keep whining na "madugo" ang thesis! or "madugo" ang exams...ya know, things that what students are responsible for.:nod: Hindi naman madugo un since kasali tlaga un sa buhay-estudyante dba. but for students who keep on whining~~~:shrug: eh aun, "madugo". That word became more of a stigmatized word for whiners.-_-

kaya nga auq na you or other people dito sa dA would use that word...though...yeah...:nod:
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student
ahhhh gannun pala yun? Thanks yuu, mukhang bihira ko na lang magaagmit ang term na "Madugo" heheheheheh
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YS-Liliumsynth Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013   Writer
lulz yep, still that's okay.^^ :iconheehee-plz: at least alam mo naman ano ang meaning so...it's your discretion na dba.;p :highfive:
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dReamycReams16 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Woah! your art is perfect for my story in Wattpad. It's all about the gods and goddesses of the Philippines. Please don't mind if I use this as a reference for the story, especially the picture. If you don't mind, you can check out the story, it's entitled "Monsters and Myths" on the English section. I'd love it if you could give me your opinions about how I wrote it. More power and God bless you! ^-^
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student
No i dont mind and sure i'll give you my opinion about it nows wheres my glasses
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dReamycReams16 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
waaaah~!! Thank you so much! ^_^ I really want it to be written a lot better because introducing Philippine Mythology to everyone is definitely worthwhile. Our country is so rich with history and it's such a waste to not let the world see it. I also dread the day that Filipinos forget our own culture and adapt an Americanized or a Korean way of life. TT~TT I could never go well with that.
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student
No prob glad to help yup kung sino man ang mauna sa atin gawin natin ang lahat para ma promote ang kultura natin

Oh no worries hindi mangyayari yan filipinos are one proud people despite the hardship of life lalo na yung mga filipinos na tulad natin hindi tayo papayag diyan kaya hindi mangyayari yan
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dReamycReams16 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
thank you for reading! I appreciate your opinion on the story. ^_^ I think I'll just leave out the part where Mayari is one-eye blind. I guess I'll go for the close sibling relationship between the three.. :D
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student
oh no prob naman ^_^ hindi ako maka reply sa wattpad kasi of issues... hehehehehe kailan ka maguupdate? I will be waiting.
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royalsehana Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Amazing!!
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forxa Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I've been having a fuzzy idea for a comic based around Filipino mythology and stuff... this will be helpful :)

Nice drawing style too.
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student
oh that's good to hear.... BY the way, Are you Filipino?
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forxa Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Yep.
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student
ohhh that's good then hope it help ^_^
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bernce Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
WOOW... nice. :D
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student
thanks po sir!
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bernce Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) tuloy mo lang. :D
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EuphemiaElseaYue Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. I'm thinking about more.... How come this isn't taught to us. Our Mythology studies varies from Greek, Roman and Norse.
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student
because our education system doesn't give a shit about this guys... I know it sounds harsh but that's what I see it on my perspective....

Pero kung ako ang tatanungin, they deserve more love and attention...
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EuphemiaElseaYue Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's not harsh. What I've been saying these
Past months about it because I've read Maaf, and wondered why effing hell was this not taught to us.... Well, my mom would flip and was my mouth if she ever finds out. I heard that back in 90s this was taught. Unfortunately, the board of education finds it pointless to teach us about it nowadays. In my perspective mind you... This is an action of a selfish Bastard.

And I happen to adore Pre-colonial era. It's like,msowing the beauty of Philippines. It's like... Introducing the children to the history far back the history that has been taught. So, we can be proud of our History too. Yeesh!!
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student
Maaf--Maaf--*snapping fingers* wait... I heard that before.... Oh wait I remember... YES!! THAT MAAF I REMEMBER NOW! Oh, I think I should hang around the Hetalia ASEAN club a little longer! Curse mein brain for forgetting that!!

hmmmm back in the 90's I'm already an Elementary student, by the the time 90's ends I was in Grade 4 and never did I encounter pre-spanish history, other than "the Negrito, Indones, Malay gig" well I was enrolled on a catholic school and they rather talk about jesus than bathala you know so maybe that's explain why I never encounter that kind of study during my elementary days heheheheeh(nervous laugh)

hmmm K12 system is already active so they might reconsider adding this to the curriculum but I have my doubts...

Yeah, the pre-colonial times are the main source of our identity and history, sure somewhat being Hispanic is part of our Identity as Filipinos, but our original identity can be found more deeper in the Pre-spanish time It's a history worth telling and I'm willing to tell it!.

I hate it when some nationalities think of us as another spawn of Spain That's just unfair, somehow teaching this to our next generation will change the perspective of what we really are!!
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yunlangpo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol they look so cool >w< just like video game characters XD
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student
hehehe sorry my fault ^_^ I'm trying to mix fantasy based costume and Philippine cultural attire on this art because the theme is mythology and mythology is always paired with fantasy, so the design is kinda...uhm how should I say this.... complex???
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yunlangpo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol I understand that,dude! Ok lang,it looks good anyway >w<b
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adventvera16 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting! It would be nice if we could all make more pre-colonial Philippine Mythology art, because it's really quite more interesting than the Colonial ones. Keep it up! I think I'll have to broaden my research on this then. Thank you for the link!
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student
I'd love to draw them all... But that will be hard.... In my years studying world Mythology from different countries, our Parthenon is one of the diverse and complicated, well what do you expect from an Island nation, but that's what make it fun to study do you agree? ^_^

I agree about that, though the colonial era history is more focused on our struggle to gain freedom to our colonizers which is the turning point of Philippine history but, Pre Colonial history has it's more unique way of history, especially our gods, they deserve more love considering the rich culture it possessed, add the folklore heroes like Lam ang, Sultan Skander and the Ibalon Monarchs of Bicol, and it's evident enough that Pinas has a rich culture that can rival our neighboring nations in Asia....
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adventvera16 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, even if Luzon is just one big landmass, we're all too separated to make one common belief. What more in Vizayas? It's really fun to compile them all. It's for the best too, for the sake of keeping track and record of what we had.

Agree!! Looks like the history books need to add more touches of Pre-Colonial times! Not just one or two paragraphs about it. We're that diverse, huh? Well, let's hope for the best that maybe historians can do something about this. But at least you're making a good move for this cause.
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student
You got that right!! I mean look at the Tagalog and the Uragun (bicolano) people, they are but neighbors but has different gods and deities to worship.

Uhm about Visayas... you might be surprise but the VIsayans has a more unified Mythology than Luzon in Mindanao, despite being an Island chain if you click the link above saying "list of other filipino gods and goddess" you will see a category of a pantheon for the "Visayan gods" I'm not saying that all islands of Visayas are worshiping those gods but compare to Luzon and Mindanao.. Heck Visayan Pantheon is more organize.

I TOTALY AGREE!!! I mean what's the hurt of adding this to our curriculum, it's part of our history! It deserve to be told! It not just increase one's person's patriotism but it also buried the most dreaded Identity crisis some of our country men are suffering still from many centuries of foreign rule!! Me on the other hand already known my identity, and for that I'm taking a step to help our country men took one step forward of knowing our lost culture... I hope this art helps.
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adventvera16 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wooopppsss.sorry about that one. I read it after I posted...well, that would be so weird. Luzon as one whole landmass with different deities although they live nearer to each other and Vizayas...well..yeah.

I'm sure about that. Do you check for references online only?? I hope some libraries hold some of these records. Or at least a book compilation..
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student
No I too check books, I have a book reference about Myth folklore of Mindanao & Visayas, called "Folklores of Southern Philippines" which I bought at the National Book store for 195 pesos although it's more focus on mythological creatures and ancestral legends rather than the gods but it's still helps. I'm still looking for a Luzon reference of Legends, though, I only learn it from colleagues here on DA and in real life and of course the net.

There's a compilation, I once saw on the library of my previous university, La Salle Dasmarinas in cavite, I ignored it though, I'm not really interested in Philippine myth during those times, I regret it now....

Another Reference of mine is the Filipino comic book "Trese" it's kinda addicting to read especially if your in to Filipino Myth, and I have to admit I'm a fan hehehehe.
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adventvera16 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh! So you're already done in college?? Cool!
Hmmm...maybe while I'm still in the university, I should check for records here in the library. I hope someone made a compilation.

Oh! Trese! I'm a fan too! I've reread them over and over again. Di nakakasawa. I just snickered a bit because in the last Trese, I ship her and that tikbalang guy. Halatang may gusto eh.
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student
uhm no I just transferred but yeah check mo ang local libraty niyo para sigurado

ahhhhhhhhh Ka-Trese!! *apir* hahahaha nice I reread it over & over too especially issue three tungkol sa Taragbusao, alhtough pangit yung kopya na nakuha ko, nawasak agad dahil nagkaroon yata ng problema sa priniting department nung panahon na yun kaya madaling mawatak ang mga pages hehehehehe.. hahaha hmmm I doubt na papatulan ni trese si Maliksi hahahah hunch lang, masyadong busy si trese sa pagdedepnsa sa Maynila wala siyang oras diyan hehehehe.... Ohhhh I also Draw a Piri-Tan cosplaying Trese with The Kambal as dolls although hindi ko pa siya na-apload kasi wala pa siyang kulay hehehehe
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Brisingr-Arget Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student
thanks bro
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