buddhist mythology

Fiend Daisoujou

A Buddhist monk who had followed the practice known as ‘Sokunshinbutusu’ that was often practiced in the ‘Yamagata’ region of Japan by those who ascribed to the religious sect of Shingon.

According to legend, a monk would slowly starve himself from over three thousand days to ten years. All that they would eat to survive were things that grew on trees, such as pine needles, seeds, berries, nuts, resin and even tree bark. Some monks would even go so far as to eat just stones. This diet would cause the monk to lose all fat in the body and afterwards, would eventually stop drinking which would shrivel their skin.

Then they would entomb themselves into a small burial chamber with a small bell and a tube for breathing. If the bell rang once a day, the monk was alive. But if it did not ring, the tube was removed and the chamber sealed. The monks would often die while meditating and chanting a sutra. Sometime later, the body would be exhumed and if found to be preserved, would be venerated and worshiped.

It is said that hundreds of monks would attempt this over the years, but as of the current year, only twenty eight monks were found to have been successful.

Eventually the practice would be banned in the 19th century. The term Daisōjō was the name for the highest rank of priesthood in Japanese Buddhism.

A sacred tree in Thailand bears strange fruits in the shape of anatomically correct beautiful women!

In Buddhist mythology , a tree known as the Nariphon bears the fruit of young female creatures and is said to grow in the mythical forest called Himaphan.

The story goes that Buddhist god, Indra created a home in the forest for his wife Vessantara and his two children. But when Vessantara went out into the forest to collect food, she was in danger of being attacked by terrifying male creatures.Indra then created 12 special Nariphon trees which would bear fruit in his wife’s image to distract the creatures while she picked her own food.The men would take these fruits back to their homes and after making love to them would sleep for four months, and lose their powers.

According to Thai folklore, after Indra and his wife died, the trees continued to bear fruit. There are rumoured to be two Nariphon pods in a Buddhist temple near Bangkok.


Another mythological comparison of Inuyasha.

“ All youkai are the ruins of humans. Youkai continue to exist both inside and outside humans. They wish to return to a human form, but are unable to do so. They live in fields, mountains, seas, grasses and trees, full of sadness at not being able to return to a human form.” - Abe Masamichi

This is a quote that I pulled from the book: Japanese Demon Lore by Noriko T. Reider. Which aside from so far being an interesting read as far as the history of Oni and their many representations in both myth and fables. It also has a section that covers how youkai are represented in anime and Inuyasha is one of the examples used. I wanted to share a couple of interesting points from this section in case anyone was interested. For me this was a delight as my headcanons surrounding my muses in particular are heavily inspired by mythology. 

The white dog in Japanese Folklore. 

Through medieval times the dog was seen as not only a trusted companion but as a creature associated with the dead. That was due to the fact that dogs often ate the corpses of the dead left without proper burial. Or dug up the corpses that weren’t buried deep enough. People who saw this began to believe that the dogs were retrieving the soul to bring to the other world. 

This brought up the opinion that dogs were in tune with the supernatural forces around them. Some even capable of developing their own powers. There are many stories of dogs saving their masters from supernatural threats. Or protecting people from the dangers of yurei and youkai alike. 

Then there is the deeper belief that some dogs can become trans-boundary creatures, allowing them to travel between this world and the underworld. Making them excellent guides to those who dare tread in the world of the dead. One such story is told by a priest named Kobo Daishi, who’s trek to the sacred grounds of Mt. Koya was only made possible by the aid of a magical white dog.

The story of the Yasha.

In Indian Buddhist mythology, a Yasha is a frightening and violent monster. There is a story where a Buddhist Guardian by the name of Bishamonten crossed paths with one particularly ferocious Yasha, a beast so wild and uncontrollable that it looked as if killing it was the only solution. 

However Bishamonten opted to instead subdue the Yasha, calming the demon and giving it a greater purpose. In the end the Yasha became a protector and kin to the Guardian. 

Tsuchigumo: The Earth Spider. 

There are a few youkai spiders through out japanese mythology, but the Tsuchigumo has some of the deepest roots. It’s one of the oldest recorded youkai and it’s name can be used to refer to other things. 

In the very earliest years of Japanese history Tsuchigumo was used to refer to people who did not conform to society. Either because they were outlaws, pit dwellers or those who simply defy the emperors divine rule. Essentially a Tsuchigumo was a person destined for hell. 

Unfortunately Tsuchigumo was also a derogatory term used to refer to the indigenous people of the land, or anyone who did not share the same physiological features of a typical Japanese person. Or anyone in general who lived apart from society. Which is where the ‘pit dwelling’ part comes in. 


An alternate translation of Kanzeon, also known as Guan Yin, the Chinese goddess of mercy. It is generally believed that Guan Yin started out as the Sanskrit bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteśvara who was a male, before being worshiped separately.

She once met a young boy named Sudhana who was disabled, but was devoted to learning Buddhist teachings. Guan Yin, had recently reached enlightenment and while she was resting on the rocky island, Mount Putuo, the boy suddenly arrived despite his obvious hardships, giving Guan Yin great surprise. To test his resolve, she transformed the plant life around them into pirates who began to attack them. Guan Yin jumped from a cliff and Sudhana jumped off himself to save her.

When they rescaled the cliff, Guan Yin showed Sudhana his mortal body down at the bottom and then asked him to walk. He did so, and found he was no longer disabled and that he was now handsome from looking in a pool of water. From that day forth, he was taught the entire dharma and became her loyal acolyte.

According to the ‘Complete Tale of Guanyin and the Southern Seas’ she met her second acolyte, a girl named Longnü, after a dragon king’s third son was caught by a fisherman while he was in the form of a carp. He became trapped on land and was unable to transform back, and was due to be sold at a market when Guan Yin heard of his plight. 

She sent Sudhana to buy him, but because the fish was alive after hours of no water, people began to believe it would give them immortality, starting a huge bidding war. When Sudhana begged for the fish to be spared, he received scorn until Guan Yin’s voice rang out and mollified them all. The dragon’s father was so gratified he sent his granddaughter to give them the gift of the pearl of light. When the girl caught sight of Guan Yin, she was enamored and became the second acolyte.

Guan Yin would also find an acolyte in the Filial Parrot, and helped a poor village in Quanzhou to build a bridge by offering to marry any man who could hit her with a silver piece. Many people missed, resulting in the boat she was in to overflow with silver, before a member of the Eight Immortals, Lü Dongbin managed to hit her. She bit her thumb and spilled blood into the river, where it was eventually swallowed by a washer woman and became a baby.

This baby was named Chen Jinggu, who would eventually sacrifice her life to stop a drought.

Expounding the dharma according to mentalities,
They remove the web views;
Dwelling in ultimate felicity,
They show beings the state of omniscience.

With inconceivably many bodies of endless forms
In all states of existence,
They teach according to mentality,
Their forms reflections of all beings.

So many and infinitely more,
As inconceivably many as atoms in all lands,
Are the oceans of manifestations of the fearless ones
When they have attained this peaceful liberation.

Avatamsaka Sutra - 1383

Note on the image: Vajrayogini. A yogini [or dakini] is the most important female principle, representing the ever changing flow of female energy. In tantric Buddhism, dakinis are the guardians of teachings and are considered the supreme embodiments of wisdom. The dakini can help change human weakness into wisdom and understanding.

Dakinis, a class of semigoddesses who play an important rule in Buddhist iconography and mythology, are the female versions of the male dakas. In Tibetan the word “daka” [dpa´ po] means hero or wise man and dakini is the female counterpart. The Tibetan expression for dakini [mkh´a ´gro ma] literally means “sky-walking woman” and hence the common belief that a dakini can fly. The expression is also used as a synonym for prajna; therefore, as the embodiment of wisdom. Every goddess may be regarded as a dakini. Both dakas and dakinis occur frequently in Tibetan literature, though the latter predominate.

The expression of dakini is further used to designate the female partner in the tantric initiation, and thus she can be both human and superhuman. Furthermore the dakinis usually act as spiritual guides to the mahasiddhas.

Her crown is made of five dried human heads. Her right hand holds a skull cup with blood inside. Her long necklace is made of fifty dried human skulls. The esoteric dakini of this Thangka steps triumphantly on the personifications of desire, called "Dushenma”.

bellanary  asked:

Hi i love your blog and i was wondering if you have any aus about unknown fantasy creatures. Vampires and shapeshifters get all the love!

Ah, Thankyou and I agree theres a lot of creatures that don’t get enough love, please excuse the fact most of these are british I have tried to spruce things up the first ones are british. I added a quick description for individuals that don’t know anything about them.

Black dog (Ghost) of death. (or Black Shuck) This mythological creature originates in british folklore and has been reported in mainland europe and is in american (north and south) folklore. It is thought to be a hellhound it is usually described as being a large black or white dog with glowing eyes and red ears, Once you set eyes on this dog you are cursed and will likely die then or in the next 24 hours-year or someone they know will, it usually hunts pub goers cos’ why not.

-You are a blind individual who stumbled across me, thinking I was a stray dog and have looked after me and I don’t want to cause you suffering by killing anyone you know so I shall leave now- what do you mean I don’t have to and you can find a way to stop the killing curse?

Selkies (ilovetheseshittymermaidsokay??) originate in Scottish and Irish folklore. They are people who have a ‘seal skin’ this skin allows them to become a seal or a bad mermaid seal thing. They usually dance on beaches at night and are either ‘meek and docile’ or good at seducting people (STEREOTYPES). They can be vengeful and there are many tales of them murdering men due to past ‘issues’.

-Person A is a rogue pirate who travels from ship-ship trying to find a place to stay what happens when Person B finds their skin?

-Person A works as a seal rescuer/rehabilitator, and this seal just talked to them.

-Person A is a Selkie! Lifeguard and uses their skin and ability to hold their breathe underwater for a long time to help people.

Kelpies. Yet another scottish/british mythological creature. The Loch Ness Monster is thought to be one of these. These are usually depicted as black demon horses with kelp/serpants for a mane who live in water ways they can usually turn into humans and may have tentacles. These hoes are bloodthirsty, vengeful and strong. They will usually get humans to ride on their back their back and then drown them or seduce them by becoming human. But kelpies are stoppable, it could be captured using a halter stamped with the sign of a cross, and its strength could then be harnessed in tasks such as the transportation of heavy mill stones, but if they escape they will seek revenge in cruel ways.

-Friendly Kelpie who honestly just wants hugs and friends as they are lonely.

-What do you mean my horse is gonna try kill me???

-Person A releases a kelpie from a halter due to a flood in the barn and the kelpie wouldn’t of survived if they didn’t and the kelpie has to make the descision if they save person A who has been kind the entire time they have been kept locked up here.

Naga/Nagagi (YOU PROUD??? ITS NOT BRITISH-). These slippery beans are found in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Nagas are depicted as having a mixture of human and serpent-like traits the most common on tumblr is the bottom half of a snake and top half of a human. Some veiw them as deities and some veiw them as wise. Naga can also be depicted as being bloodthirsty.

-Freezing cold naga decides the best thing is to cuddle up to this human who fell asleep in their garden-

-Naga who have favourite trees scaring away children and generally being grumpy.

-Person A and C are naga, B a student and they have homework to do on nagas and instead of visiting a ‘zoo’ they tracked down the poor beans.

-Naga pile= Naga attempting to stay warm by cuddling close together.

-Naga stretching while wounding around a human and accidently breaking an arm.

Centaurs. Found in Greek mythology they are half human half horse (top half is a human bottom a horse), they are generally seen as being good archers and healers and having a knack for astology, they are generally portrayed as solitairy.

-Centaur breaking free from captivity and taking their favourite ‘carer’ with them.

-Person A (centaur) finding an injured B in the forest and looking after them for a bit.

-Centaurs and barbed wire don’t mix.

-Very tall dales centaurs and mini shetland centaurs-

Sirins / Harpies: Both are fairly similar. Both have the head of a human and body of a bird (although you could edit this to better suit your needs). Harpies are from greek mythology, they steal food from their victims while they are eating and carry evildoers (especially those who have killed their family) to the Erinyes.  Now the Sirin is a literal mixture of siren and harpy, and is from Russian mythology, they sing of great things to come but can make ‘mortals’ forget everything and follow them and then the mortal dies. It is thought only happy people can hear sirins.

-Sirin trying to reverse their song after a mortal heard and is now following them.

-”Everyone thinks we are cannibals when we are really not.”

-Harpy/human relationships being forbidden.

-Instead of killing this person I shall keep them safe and pretend they are dead they seem a little too kind for being killed.

OKay but hear me out, Ittan Momen are rolls of fabric that float through the night and murder people. But imagine it as a ‘side-kick’ for a character and it pretends to be a scarf and is generally a protective bean.

Or maybe a mini naga that fits around A’s arm and has exstensive knoledge or maybe its bite can cure poisons and joins A on adventures.

“Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth–penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told.”  
 ~ Joseph Campbell

~ Original Acrylic painting by Tomasz Alen Kopera
~ Color and photo editing/animation by George RedHawk

We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. - J.R.R. Tolkien


修羅旋風拳 (Shura Senpuuken), 2015
Brush pen, watercolour, white gel pen

@yyhsecretsanta - for @imsuchanartist / @c-f-comer! I love Jin, so this was a real treat to get to draw him!

Mashoutsukai/Team Masho is clearly presented as a band of ninjas. And thanks to his red anime hair, pointed ears and English dub accent, I guess a lot of people associate Jin with, well, leprechauns or something. But since childhood I associated Jin with something completely different, for one main reason: the Shura Senpuuken, his tornado fist technique. 

修羅 (which is the same shura as Shura clone son of Yomi, and the shura in Ashura of CLAMP’s RG Veda fame) is very popular in Asian fictional works - it pops up all the time in RPGs and other anime and manga as names for characters, attacks, and whatnot. It comes from the Sanskrit asura, which refers to a type of powerful spirit, lord or deity in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, ranking above humans but below most other gods, and sometimes associated with various aspects of war.

Anyways, because of that, as a kid I always had this idea in my mind of him being a sort of chaotic Vedic demigod.

I threw in a bonus Jin and Yusuke at the end just because I wanted to draw some battle god buddies, I hope you don’t mind …

Merry Christmas!

Trees have been revered as sacred monuments since the prehistoric era. Our ancestors may well have been inspired by their annual cycle of decay in the autumn followed by a luscious rebirth in the spring. To the primitive mind, these trees became symbols of life, death and rebirth. 

There was one tree in particular which achieved mythical status throughout all world cultures. It is known today as the ‘World Tree’ and according to our ancestors, it was truly epic in scale. Its branches were said to reach as high as the heavens, while its roots plunged deep into the abyss of the underworld. Because of their association with celestial realms, these trees were regarded by many priests as gateways to other dimensions.

• Yggdrasil was said to connect middle earth (Midgard) to eight other realms (some made of fire and ice, others of darkness and light)
• The World Tree of Mesoamerica was seen as a gateway (aka axis mundi) connecting the planes of the Underworld and the sky with the terrestrial world
• The 'Sky Tree’ from Hungarian mythology had a series of branches which reached out to seven worlds. Each branch was said to touch the sun, the moon, the clouds and other celestial spheres. 
• The Dawn Tree from Baltic mythology was depicted with a golden trunk, copper roots and silver leaves. The trunk represented life in the present, while the past was embodied in its roots (life that has passed). The branches, however, represented future choices yet to be made

It should be noted that in nearly all depictions of the ‘World Tree’, a great serpent is said to reside at its base. These serpents typically guard a forbidden knowledge which only a select number of mortals have ascertained:

• It was Adam and Eve who attained wisdom by eating fruit from the tree of Knowledge (Judaism/Christianity)
• It was under the Bodhi tree that the Buddha was said to have gained enlightenment (Buddhist mythology)
• The Kabbalah represents the tree of life (the other legendary tree of Christian mythology). Legend says that to learn the secrets of this mystic tree is to know the secrets of life itself
• The Druids were priests of the natural world whose name was said to mean 'knower’s of the oak’ (Celtic mythology)
• The Cosmic Tree of Latvia was a highly symbolic image. It was said to hold birds in its branches (enlightenment), mammals at its base (instinct) and serpents in its roots (wisdom)

The most common theme found in world mythology is the 'Tree of Life’ which is said to both create and prolong life. In many cases, our ancestors believed that these great trees gave birth to the Gods and even to to humanity itself. Many pilgrims have searched for this mythical tree throughout the ages, but only the most worthy have been able to find it:

• In Tengrinism, it is said that humans were descended from Trees, as well as other spirit entities and lesser gods who lived for hundreds of years.
• A tree of life belonged to the Goddess Iusaaset who was said to have conceived the lineage of Egyptian Gods through the trees life giving properties
• The Kalpavriksha tree from Vedic mythology was said to produce an abundance of life giving fruit for those who wished for it


Chrysaorwas the brother of the winged horse Pegasus and son of Poseidon and the Gorgon Medusa. When Medusa was decapitated by Perseus, both Chrysaor and Pegasus were born at the same time. Little is known about Chrysaor; he was considered a stout-hearted warrior, and his name means “he who bears a golden sword”. He did not have a major role in Greek mythology.

Krishna,Sanskrit Kṛṣṇa,  one of the most widely revered and most popular of all Indian divinities, worshipped as the eighth incarnation (avatar) of the Hindu god Vishnu and also as a supreme god in his own right. Krishna became the focus of numerous bhakti (devotional) cults, which have over the centuries produced a wealth of religious poetry, music, and painting. The basic sources of Krishna’s mythology are the epic Mahabharata and its 5th-century-ce appendix, the Harivamsha, and the Puranas, particularly Books X and XI of the Bhagavata-purana. 

Virgo, the symbol of the maiden is based on Astraea, she is best known as a goddess of Justice, along with Dike and Erigone. Known as the “Star Maiden” or “Star Goddess”, she is best known for being the last immortal to live among the humans on Earth before leaving in disgust of humanity’s brutality and wickedness.There are arguments about who her parents are. She is the daughter of either Zeus and Themis or of Eos and Astraeus. She is often depicted as a winged woman, carrying a torch and the scales of justice. She is also said to have helped Zeus in battle, and is sometimes portrayed carrying his lightning bolts with her.

Shaka - A Japanese translation of the Sanskrit "Shakyamuni” (Sakya-muni, the ‘Sage of the Sakya’), is one of the titles that Prince Siddhartha Gautama received. 
Also known as the Buddha, “the awakened one”, he was the leader and founder of a sect of wandering ascetics (Sramanas), one of the many existing at that time all over India. This sect came to be known as Sangha, to distinguish it from other similar communities. The teachings of Siddhartha Gautama are considered the core of Buddhism: after his death, the community he founded slowly evolved into a religious-like movement which was finally established as a state religion in India by the time of Emperor Ashoka.

Traditionally, the meaning of the term Buddha is understood as a person who has awakened from the deep sleep of ignorance. In Indian tradition, the expression was already used before, during, and after the life of Siddhartha by many religious communities, but it became most strongly linked to the Buddhist tradition.

Garudain Hindu mythology, the bird (a kite or an eagle) and the vahana (mount) of the god Vishnu. In the Rigveda the sun is compared to a bird in its flight across the sky, and an eagle carries the ambrosial soma plant from heaven to earth. The mythological account of Garuda’s birth in the Mahabharata identifies him as the younger brother of Aruna, the charioteer of the sun god, Surya. His father was the creator-rishi Kasyapa, while his mother was Vinata. Garuda was born out of a huge egg with the torso and limbs of a human male and the talons, wings and beak of an eagle. When he first burst forth from his egg, Garuda appeared as a raging inferno equal to the cosmic conflagration that consumes the world at the end of every age. Frightened by his power, the gods begged him for mercy and Garuda complied with their requests, significantly reducing himself in both size and vigor. 
In Buddhist mythology, the garudas are a race of enormous predatory birds of great intelligence and social organization. Another name for him is Suparṇa, meaning “well-winged” or “having good wings.” Like the nāgas, garudas combine the characteristics of animals and divine beings, and so they are considered to be among the lowest devas or gods in Buddhism.

Aiacos (Aiakos, Aeacus), was the king of the island Aegina in the Saronic Gulf, according to Greek mythology. He was the son of Zeus and Aegina, and was born on the island Oenone, later named Aegina. He had two sons, Telamon and Peleus, Achilles’ father . He was favored by gods and men, and was so favorited, that when a drought had come to Greece in consequence for a murder that was committed, the oracle of Delphi said it would only cease when Aiakos prayed to the gods that it might. The drought ceased as the oracle predicted, and he showed his gratitude by building a temple for Zeus on Mount Panhellion. Afterward the Aeginetans build a sanctuary called Aeaceum, which contained a square palace consisting of four white marble walls. Aiakos was believed to have been buried under the alter at this enclosing. In the writings of Pindar, Aiakos helped with the building of the walls of Troy along with Apollo and Poseidon.
According to Hesiod, when Aiakos was born Aegina was not yet inhabited, so Zeus changed the ants (murmêkes) of the island into men over whom Aiakos ruled, the Myrmidons.
After his death, Aiakos became one of the three judges in Hades, responsible for the judgement of Europeans. He is represented with a sceptre and the keys of Hades, and he holds sanctuaries in Aegina and Athens. The Aeginetans regarded him as tutelary deity of their island.

anonymous asked:

I love your blog! If it wasn't for this blog, i'd feel that I wouldn't know to much about my pre colonial heritage as I do now. I'm curious as to what religion was like back then and if its true that majority of the pre colonial Philippines were muslim or at least most of it was influence by islam as the philippines today is influeced by america and spain?

Thank you! :) This blog it the outcome of my own decolonization and search of identity so I’m glad it has helped others as well!

Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards there were different religions that had a foothold in the islands. This includes Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, & native Animistic beliefs. During the time the early Spaniards arrived Islam was already in Sulu and other parts of Southern Mindanao. It was also in the Tagalog region and the Tagalogs were called Moro’s by the Spaniards just like those in the south (and every other Muslim group they encountered). Between the Sultan of Sulu and his people, the Datu’s and Rajah’s of the Tagalog kingdoms, of Maynilad and Tondo, and the Sultan of parts of Borneo (which today is known as Brunei), there were intermarriages and thus the spread of Islam spread through the ruling class, the Datu’s, Rajahs, Sultans, and their kin. When the Spaniards arrived Tagalogs were already practicing a mix of Islamic and native Animistic beliefs. You can see this with some of the deities the Tagalogs worshipped  or regarded that are influenced by Islam.

In other parts of the islands such as the Kingdom of Butuan in Northeastern Mindanao, which is one of the first places the Spaniards arrived in, they were practicing a mix of Hindu-Buddhism, which is still found in parts of Indonesia, in particular Bali, and other parts of Southeast Asia. We know this based on historical accounts and archaeological finds of gold artifacts depicting deities and figures in Hindu and Buddhist mythology such as Tara, Ganesh, the Garuda, the Kinnari, Padmapani, throughout the islands of what is now known as the Philippines. Also though none has resurfaced so far there is written accounts recalling figures of the Buddha scattered by the rivers along with the larawan figures of the spirits and ancestors that the people gave offerings to in porcelain plates.

Majority though still practiced native Animistic beliefs and had their own mythologies and spirituality. They had their own rituals, practices, beliefs in the afterlife, creation stories, deities, etc. They venerated the spirits, the ancestors, believed in more than one soul, believed everything had a spirit, regarded certain rocks, animals, tree’s, as sacred, believed the flowing river waters and water in general was the pathway to the ancestors, of the beginnings and source of life and death. They saw all things as sacred and gave reverence to all life.

With the other religions that arrived on the islands they tended to blend it together with the native beliefs which you can still see it done somewhat with the arrival of Christianity. We also have records of some people fighting against the new religion of the Spaniards. One favorite of mine is found in the written account of Francisco Alcina who talks about a man who stood up for his beliefs and practices and of his thoughts in regards to the afterlife as well as the injustices done toward him and his people by the Spaniards.

“Padre what you say is undoubtedly true that there is a glory and punishment. It seems in conformity with reason that the good should be rewarded and the bad punished. But this is for you, the Spaniards, who are a wise people and know all this, but not for us Bisayans. Thus for Castilians, we do not doubt that there will be a heaven, but for the Bisayans, it seems not because in this part of the world God created us with such great difference from you. As we see here, the Spaniards do not permit us even to sit down in their houses, and have no respect for us, so much the less will it be the case for us there were as you say, everything in grandeur, majesty, and glory without end.”

There wasn’t one religion throughout the islands and the other religions came in different waves that influenced the language and culture of our ancestors. However for the most part people practiced the indigenous Animistic beliefs which you can find more info on those in the following tags: myth, deity, diwata, folklore, and on my personal polytheistic blog and the first one I made that I don’t really go on anymore and random blog posts on my personal blog that if you can find on the archive would be helpful but I suck at tagging when it comes to my personal blog so good luck sorting through that mess of an archive.

The Garuda

“The Garuda (Sanskrit: गरुड़ garuḍaTamil:கருடன் ”garuḍan“) is a large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in both Hinduand Buddhist mythology. Garuda is the mount (vahana) of the Lord Vishnu. Garuda is the Hindu name for the constellation Aquila. The Brahminy kite and Phoenix are considered to be the contemporary representations of Garuda.[1] Indonesia adopts a more stylistic approach to the Garuda’s depiction as its national symbol, where it depicts a Javanese eagle


Origin: Buddhist mythology

Type: Bird-like creature

Often wearing a crown, the Garuda has the golden body of a man, an eagle’s beak, red wings, a white face and is large enough to block out the sun. When he burst from the egg blazing with a fire, the gods were so terrified he reduced his size and energy.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the Garuda is sometimes depicted with a large belly, big eyes, short blue horns and yellow hair. He is daring and fearless, holding two snakes in its talons. The snakes symbolize hatred, and the Garuda is the spiritual energy that overcomes it.

Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth–penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told.