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Friday, January 25, 2008

Illo Friday

Tales and Legends: Diwata



in philippine mythology, a "diwata" is a mythological figure similar to fairies or nymphs. they are said to reside in large trees, such as acacia and balete and are the guardian sprits of nature, bringing blessing or curses upon those who bring benefits or harm to the forests and mountains. it is a filipino spelling for the Sanskrit word devadha, but the name is ultimately derived from the Sanskrit word dev, meaning deity.

Maria Makiling is my favorite diwata. she is a guardian of the mountain, responsible for protecting its bounty and thus, is also a benefactor for the townspeople who depend on the mountain's resources. in addition to being a guardian of the mountain, some legends also identify Laguna bay - and the fish caught from it - as part of her domain.

it is often said that a mount in Laguna, Mt. Makiling, resembles a profile of a woman lying down which is believed to be that of Maria. this phenomenon is described as true from several different perspectives, so there is no single location associated with this claim. the mountain's various peaks are said to be Maria's face and two breasts, respectively, and her hair cascades downwards a gentle slope away from her body.

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note: this is my camera painting post for
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Blogger Kate whispered...

Beautiful. I'm curious about your technique.

26/1/08 2:31 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

for those who came from IF, i apologize for the wrong icon i changed my mind on the illo to post. hehe..

26/1/08 2:41 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

oh hi kate! didnt saw your comment awhile ago.. if you were asking about the diwata image.. i created that using my digital cam and just tossed it a little and moved my hand with a prolonged exposure..

26/1/08 2:42 AM  
Blogger Piercing The Veil whispered...

as a child i have read about maria makiling ... and i was amused by her story ... her mistery ... just came home from a night out

have a great weekend kumusta gimik dyan sa pinas?

nice image btw

27/1/08 4:20 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

well havent been into gimmiks lately.. work-home-work sked. but today i just attended a funeral of a distant relative who was 95 years old in Batangas and happened to see Mt.Makiling. i took some pics thinking i could update here but it was raining, so the shots were not that sharp to post.

anyway, hava nice weekend!

27/1/08 9:24 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank whispered...

Once again, like the pop and effect. It seems like such pictures would actually provide light in a dark room...

28/1/08 11:02 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

thank you for droppin by.. im such a sucker with led lights in the dark.. esp when i have a cam with me..

28/1/08 5:27 PM  
Blogger Forever Young whispered...

soooo interesting, so picturesque, so artistic.

29/1/08 3:16 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

hee.. thanks! glad you like it..

29/1/08 4:45 AM  
Blogger aeneadellaluna whispered...

This is quite interesting! What technique did you use?

29/1/08 5:10 AM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

actually the lovely thing about camera painting or "painting with light" is there is no distinct image and the outcome is always a surprise! i guess i imagine and see things in them and as i post paintings like these, it only shows that beauty indeed lies in the eyes of the beholder..

thanks for droppin by..

30/1/08 6:16 PM  
Blogger aeneadellaluna whispered...

Hi there! Contos da Terra means Tales of the Earth! :)
I like your technique, so glad you explained it to me!*

30/1/08 7:32 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh whispered...

thanks for the translation.. and i encourage you (and those who are reading this as well) to try creating and experimenting with the shutter of your cam too..

1/2/08 9:20 PM  
Anonymous kennan whispered...

en said that a mount in Laguna, Mt. Makiling, resembles a profile of a woman lying down which is believed to be that of Maria. this phenomenon is described as true check it
from several different perspectives, so there is no single location associated with this claim. the mountain's various peaks a

9/5/12 2:09 AM  

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