Tagalog Gods & Goddesses
Tagalog is the term used to describe the ethnic group of the people living in the Philippines. The population of the Philippines is over 1 million and while the citizens are known as Filipino, they are also members of different ethnic groups. Tagalog is among the more prominent and, like the other groups, has it’s a language and belief system all its own.
Beliefs and Tagalog Deities
The Tagalog deities were more prominent before the Christianization of the Philippines took place. In the process, many of the deities began to disappear.
Here is a closer look at some of them:
Amanikable: This ill-tempered god of the sea, scorned by a woman, never married. It is believed that his hatred for her caused him to send tidal waves that could drown humans who traveled the sea.
Bathala: Known to be the supreme god of all who created man and everything that inhabits the earth. He was believed to live in Kaluwalhatian with gods that were not as powerful as him. When the conversion to Christian beliefs took place, he was then referred to as the Christian God.
Idiyanale: This goddess of labor and good deeds can be called on for advice for successful outcomes. She was married to Dimangang the god of good harvest.
Lakapati: The goddess of fertility known to be the most understanding and kindest deity of the Tagalogs. She is the protector of farm animals and crops who gave agriculture to mankind. Her name means "Giver of Food".
Interesting to note that Spanish occupiers during the 16th century condemned women tribal leaders as pagan heretics. Although suppressed, these matriarchal tendencies still run deep in Filipino society. Filipino women enjoy strong leadership roles today in business, politics, academia, the arts and in religious institutions.
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