ancient symbols


  Part 1 of 3: Buwaya In Our Dreams, Baybayin, Weavings, Tattoos and more! Images courtesy of Baybayin.com and PinoyTravelBlog I found out only in the past couple of years, that the crocodile is a significant symbol to indigenous Filipinos and to our ancestors. Then I met a baybayin artist who sees, among other things, the shape of the buwaya in one of the baybayin symbols!  Because of a series of crocodile revelations that have...

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Part 2 of 3, Buwaya In Canoes, Rituals and other Ancestral Traditions In the previous post, I was delighted to share the buwaya shape in the NGA baybayin symbol, as pointed out by Akopito, and the other shapes of the buwaya present in weavings, tattoos and some beliefs. Here now I want to share with you how the buwaya is represented in Philippine sea vessels and in some traditional Philippine rituals.   Buwaya in Sea Vessels...

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It is not uncommon for letters, pictographs and symbols to have deep hidden meanings—even magical power, for cultures around the world have rich histories and stories connected to symbols, letters and written words. Other countries and cultures too have symbols and writing systems that were multi-dimensional, that is, their writing systems in application could not only be read as words and every day messages or chronicles, but...

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Available at Random House A book review.Virgil Mayor Apostol’s information packed-book covers a wide range of topics from Philippine healing to mythology, belief systems to symbolism, migration to language and much, much more. Finally! Just what I was looking for over many years now. Way of the Ancient Healer: Sacred Teachings from the Philippine Ancestral Traditions is full of information about indigenous and traditional culture in...

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“…symbols and metaphors speak for and to our deepest feelings, desires, and experiences–better than rational words can, because they address–as well as come from–the fertile unconscious or‘underworld’ realm of our psyche…“ Agnes Miclat-Cacayan   Why are the metaphorical and deeper meanings of the baybayin symbols important to Filipinos’ healing from historical imperialism, colonial...

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