Posts made in August, 2009


It is ironic that some scientific symbols today have their origins in the mystical profession of alchemy or in ancient sacred beliefs in sexuality. According to Nolan D. C. Lewis the modern day symbols that are used to indicate the chemical elements and compounds were once symbols used in the ancient mysteries of alchemy and chemistry and was closely related to what many scientists today would deign superstitious: In modern times the...

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It is very well possible that some of the symbols that became incorporated in the baybayin system were first used to denote ideas—with no specific sounds or words in mind. Objects and thought forms come before language so it is not unfeasible that the writing symbols of the baybayin evolved from pictographs that initially represented ideas/concepts and objects. That theory is illustrated here on how the BA baybayin symbol very...

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Original Baybayin is an Abjad


Posted on Aug 23, 2009 in history

When the Spanish came to the Philippines, they found in use the baybayin, a native writing system, that was an abjad or a consonant writing system. The baybayin was still in its early stages of development as a writing system, lacking symbols for all the vowel sounds of the various Philippine dialects and not yet totally uniform in appearance across varying geographic regions. The Philippine Baybayin is one of a dozen or so...

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Bala


Posted on Aug 2, 2009 in BA, LA

Interestingly enough, the hindu mythological name of “Bala” : Means “young” in Sanskrit. It is a transcription of both the masculine form बाल and the feminine form बाला (a minor Hindu goddess).  See Behind the Name: Etymology and History of First Names) Among Filipino baybayin enthusiasts who see deeper meaning in them, the LA baybayin symbol is said to be...

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