interpretations


  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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“Anak Bathala World is a celebration of our cultural heritage that weaves together rich elements of Philippine mythology, culture, beliefs, folklore and values. It also pays homage to the golden age of comic makers with its artistic approach and graphic illustrations. It aims to carry out a renewed appreciation to Filipino art and works…” says Mr. Erwin Arroza in his Welcome Remarks [at the launch of Anak Bathala world in Quezon...

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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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The insights that baybayin symbolism can give us can be quite deep and mind-bending. This post is inspired by Diwata Olympia who wrote the words lakbay and bakla in baybayin symbols in a notebook and shared the page with me in 2011.   Bakla is defined in Filipino as third-sex or effeminate man. In Philippine society, all types of bakla, gay men and women have been socially and economically accepted to various degrees. In some...

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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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The Baybayin Oracle Cards were created circa 2002 by Rhodora “Bing” Veloso. By meditation and contempation, understanding the sounds in words in various Philippine languages, and applying metaphorical sight or talinghaga, Bing worked on interpreting the various baybayin symbols over time.  This work of interpreting the symbols is also much like dream interpretation. Here is the matrix of Bing’s symbols...

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