Launch: Philippine Pantheons

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On July - 22 - 2010

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It’s a little more than a month before the deadline for submissions to Alternative Alamat, and I thought it would be an opportune time to launch my second companion project. A few months back, I released the Myth List, an index of Philippine myths and legends with fantastic elements. Today, I’m happy to announce the launch of Rocket Kapre’s Philippine Pantheons page, what I believe to be–as of this writing–the most comprehensive list of Philippine Gods and Goddesses on the Internet. Yes, Wikipedia included.

It does not claim to be a comprehensive list–that being said, as far as my research can determine, this is the most comprehensive list of Philippine gods and goddesses on the Internet, with 344 individual entries. Of course, given that the Ifugao alone seem to have had deities in the hundreds, that means there is still a lot of room for expansion.

Still, it’s a good place to start, and I hope that it opens the eyes of writers to the vast potential for stories represented by our myths and legends. Many of the entries are merely names and a domain, but as Michael Chabon found himself inspired by maps “and the romantic blank of unexplored territory”, and names that were like magic spells, calling into being that which had previously not existed, so too do I hope you glean inspiration even from the sparest of entries. The West has its Thors, its Aphrodites… maybe it’s time for our own deities to shine.

How to Help:

  • Spread the Word: … because this list won’t do anyone any good if no one knows it’s here. If you use the list, and it helps you with your story or komik or research, point people back to us with a link.
  • Information: If you think I’ve missed a god or goddess, please leave word in the comments section here, or send me an email at rocketkapre[at]gmail.com, and tell me your source. I’ll verify it as best I can, then add it to the list if warranted.
  • Art: If you’ve drawn or seen artwork of a deity online, post a link in the comments and I’ll add them to the proper entry.
  • Stories: If you find a story which uses one or more of these deities as characters, let me know link in the comments and I’ll add them to the proper entry.

4 Responses to “Launch: Philippine Pantheons”

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Hector Bryant Macale, Paolo Chikiamco, Kenneth Yu, RJ Ledesma, Chachic and others. Chachic said: RT @anitero: It's here: #PhilippinePantheons a list of Gods and Goddesses of the Philippines http://bit.ly/aIPw9O [...]

  2. leo says:

    Nice! Finally a good source. I had a hard time looking for some info when I featured a native deity, Fon Eel in my blog. I like Philippine myth and always lack of knowledge about it so thank you!

  3. silorat says:

    AWESOME!!!!
    Hats off to you from Canada.

  4. [...] and abroad. Also worth visiting are the two companion projects to this anthology: The Myth List and Philippine Pantheons. It must have been tough reading through numerous sources and compiling these pages (great job, [...]

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