DUAL GODHEAD & TRINITIES IN MALAYSIA, INDONESIA, SINGAPORE, SUMATRA MYTHOS
Erle Frayne D. Argonza / Ra
Among the many indigenous peoples in Indonesia and Malaysia there are several examples of dual gods and sometimes of trinities. In Sumatra, the Toba Batak see the Absolute Mula Jadi na Bolon as three persons representing the upper, middle, and lower worlds. In Nias there is a two-person divinity representing the dual nature of the universe—good and evil, light and dark. For the Ngaju people of Borneo, Jata is the feminine side of a dual godhead. She represents the lower world and the moon. Mahatala, the male aspect, is the upper world and the sun. Together Jata and Mahatala form the Absolute Tambon Haruei Bungai (see Southeast Asian entries;
As summarized in book reviews, the peoples of Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, and Indonesia share certain myths. Among those precepts shared is the duality of Godhead, which appertains to the Law of Duality among cosmic laws.
Duality of Godhead is actually pre-eminent in cultures to the east of the Caucasus and extends to the islanders of the Pacific who are of Polynesian ethno-racial stocks. The One Universal Principle—the Spirit-Force that projected Life-forms and worlds unto the ‘void’ to create the Cosmos—actually has no gender. However, to perceive Godhead as having a duality, of both Male and Female principles represented, is totally correct and coherent with Theos Sophia or divine wisdom.
It is however incorrect to claim that the ASEAN (to shorten Southeast Asians) myths of Godhead were borrowed directly from the Vedic philosophy of India. It is more correct to contend that both peoples of India and ASEAN (Malays, IndoMongoloids, Polynesians) were of common origin: the 3rd & 4th ‘root races’. 3rd is Lemurian, while 4th is Atlantean. That largely explains the commonality of beliefs in duality of Godhead among ASEAN, Indian, and Chinese peoples (includes Tibetans).
Observe also the Trinities, which is embedded too in the mythos of India (Brahma, Siva, Vishnu) and the West (Father, Son, Holy Ghost). Number 3 is the Upper Triune in the Septenary Low, where 3 + 4 = 7. Four (4), to re-echo, is the Lower Quaternary, comprising of the elements of earth (physical plane), water (astral plane), air (mental plane), and fire (causal or ‘higher mental’ plane).
[Philippines, 23 June 2011]