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Erle Frayne D. Argonza


Good day from Filipinas, the Pearl of the Orient!


The previous articles demonstrated samples of cosmogonic myths from across the ASEAN region and our sibling Polynesians. Below is a cross-cultural summary of myths coming from the region.


As an observer, please feel free to browse the diverse archetypes and seemingly shifting meanings. As already articulated earlier, the myths and legend of the region are the repositories of ‘ancient wisdom’ or ‘divine wisdom’, also known as Theos Sophia.


[Philippines, 29 June 2011]



In Minahassa the deity makes two images of earth, one male and one female, whom he vivifies by blowing powdered ginger into their heads and ears. The Bagobo of Mindanao say 98 that after the creation of the sea and land, and the planting of trees of many kinds, the creator took two lumps of earth, and shaping them like two human figures, he spat on them, where-upon they became “man and woman.” In Sumatra the Dairi Battak say 99 that after the deity, Batara Guru, had finished the earth, he desired to people it and accordingly first sent down a swallow, which returned, however, saying that it did not like the dwelling assigned to it. Batara Guru then wished one of his children to descend, but none of them were willing to exchange their heavenly for an earthly home. Determined to succeed, the deity himself came down to earth, bidding the swallow return to the sky to bring thence some earth from which he might shape man. With the material so provided, Batara Guru made two images, one male and one female, and set them in the sun to dry. After they had become hard, he muttered a magic formula over them seven times, and when they then began to breathe, he repeated another formula with which one may force another to speak. Then the two images spoke and said, “What do you wish of us, Grandfather, that you cry thus loudly in our ears?” and he replied : ” I have called to you so loudly because I have created you in order that you might speak. Never forget that I am your grandfather. Obey my commands and never refuse to follow them.” This the newly created pair promised to do.

An interesting variant of ordinary creation-myths occurs in southeastern Borneo. Here the two wonder-trees on the new-formed earth mated and produced an egg, from which a phantom maiden came. A divine being descended to earth, and seeing the lifeless and intangible character of the maiden, went to get what was necessary to give her life and substance; but while he was away another deity became active, and gathering earth for her body, rain for her blood, and wind for her breath, made the beautiful shade alive and tangible. When the first deity returned and discovered what had happened, ‘in anger he broke the vessel that he had brought; and the water of life which it contained flew in every direction and watered all plants, which thus acquired the power of springing up after having been cut down; but man did not receive any of the precious fluid and so failed to acquire immortality. The use of stone as a material, instead of earth, occurs among the Toradja in Celebes.’°’ The heaven father and earth mother having made two stone figures, one male and one female, the heaven deity returned to the skies to procure the breath of immortality with which to infuse life into the images; but in his absence the wind blew into them and vivified them, and on this account man is mortal. Another version 102 omits the attempt to secure immortality. A somewhat different form of origin-myth describes a series of attempts at creation in which different materials are tried, the first trials being failures, although success is finally achieved. Thus the Dyaks of the Baram and Rejang district in Borneo say that after the two birds, Iri and Ringgon, had formed the earth, plants, and animals they decided to create man. “At first, they made him of clay, but when he was dried he could neither speak nor move, which provoked them, and they ran at him angrily; so frightened was he that he fell backward and broke all to pieces. The next man they made was of hard wood, but he, also, was utterly stupid, and absolutely good for nothing. Then the two birds searched carefully for a good material, and eventually selected the wood of the tree known as Kumpong, which has a strong fibre and exudes a quantity of deep red sap, whenever it is cut. Out of this tree they fashioned a man and a woman, and were so well pleased with this achievement that they rested for a long while, and admired their handiwork. Then they decided to continue creating more men; they re-turned to the Kumpong tree, but they had entirely forgotten their original pattern, and how they executed it, and they were therefore able only to make very inferior creatures, which became the ancestors of the Maias (the Orang Utan) and monkeys.”

A similar tale is found among the Iban and Sakarram Dyaks, only reversing the order, so that after twice failing to make man from wood, the birds succeeded at the third trial when they used clay. Farther north, among the Dusun of British North Borneo, the first two beings “made a stone in the shape of a man but the stone could not talk, so they made a wooden figure and when it was made it talked, though not long after it became worn out and rotten; afterwards they made a man of earth, and the people are descended from this till the present day.” The Bilan of Mindanao 107 have a similar tale. After the world had been formed and was habitable, one of the deities said, “Of what use is land without people?” So the others said, “Let us make wax into people,” and they did so; but when they put the wax near the fire, it melted. Seeing that they could not create man that way, they next decided to form him out of dirt, and Melu and Finuweigh began the task. All went well until they were ready to make the nose, when Finuweigh, who was shaping this part, put it on upside down, only to have Melu tell him that people would drown if he left it that way, for the rain would run into it. At this Finuweigh became very angry and refused to change it, but when he turned his back, Melu seized the nose quickly and turned it as it now is; and one may still see where, in his haste, he pressed his fingers at the root. Another account says that the images made of earth were vivified by whipping them. In a few cases we find that man was supposed to have been made of other materials. Thus the Ata in Mindanao declare 109 that grass was the substance used, whereas the Igorot in Luzon say 110 that the ancestors of all others than themselves were made from pairs of reeds. In Nias one version states that man was formed from the fruits or buds of the tree which grew from the heart of one of the earliest beings, while various gods developed from the buds on the upper part of the tree. “When these two lowest fruits were still very small, Latoere said to Barasi-loeloe and Balioe, `The lowest fruits are mine. But Balioe answered, `See, then, if you can make man of them. If you can do that, they belong to you; otherwise, not.’ Latoere being unable to form men from them, Lowalangi sent Barasi-loeloe thither; but he could shape nothing more than the bodies of men, although he made one male and one female. Then Lowalangi took a certain weight of wind, gave it to Balioe, and said, `Put all of this in the mouth of the image for a soul. If it absorbs all of it, man will attain to a long life; otherwise, he will die sooner, just in pro-portion to the amount which is left over of the soul that is offered him.’ Balioe did what Lowalangi had told him, and then he gave the people names.” In a few instances still other substances are said to have been used from which to make man.



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Another tale of the origin of mankind from eggs is found among the Battak of Sumatra. In Celebes we have already seen how the first divine being was born miraculously from the rock or from the sweat which formed upon it; and an actual origin of mankind from a rock, which split open of itself, appears in Formosa.”



Formosa (Taiwan) was once predominantly populated by Malay ethnicities, Malays who shared folklore themes with many of their neighbor cultures such as Sumatra (Battaks) and Celebes.


As the summary says, ‘the divine being was born miraculously from the rock or from the sweat which formed upon it’. Now that has a double meaning: the ‘rock’ that signifies the earth element and all the 100+ matter elements known in today’s chemistry, and ‘sweat’ that signifies the ‘sweat-born’ humans of the early ‘root races’.


In the Formosa version, the rock ‘split open of itself’ reveals that even the earth and its minerals are endowed with consciousness no matter how feeble this seems to us. The 1st Evolutionary Round is the mineral phase which took many hundreds of millions of years. Without this phase, the 2nd Round of vegetative life and the 3rd Round of animal life couldn’t have evolved. Such rounds thus showing capacity for life-bearing, the 4th Round was made possible as the devic-man phase.


The ‘divine’ was born from the ‘rock’ or ‘sweat-born’ is surely a tough nut to crack. It could be one way of articulating the Law of Evolution: that a human can become Divine in the distant future by passing first through the mineral, vegetative, animal, devic-man, and onwards till divinity is first experienced when one attains moksha or Self-realization through Yoga (union).


The greater that divinity will be ensured when one mutates to a Mahatma, the phase of spiritual perfection. At that stage, the route to Dhyan Chohan becomes clearer, the route when one becomes a living Deity or Avatar (manifestation of God). At the end of the Manvantara, the man-turned-divine being is ensured of re-integration with Godhead yet retaining his/her identity, hence ensuring his/her return as a creator deity or archangel in the next Manvantara (great cycle of life).


[Philippines, 24 June 2011]



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Another version speaks of only two eggs, from which a human pair came forth and bore seven sons and seven daughters, who were, however, without life. At the command of the deity the husband went to get for them the germs of life, bidding his wife in his absence on no account to stir outside her mosquito-curtains; but she failed to obey, and as she looked out a blast of wind came and blew into the children, so that they breathed and became alive; whence man is mortal, and wind (or breath) is his only life….



This is another Malayan version of the egg-laying humans of pre-sexually procreating Lemurians. Among early humans, both male and female aspects were in one individual, though during those times their souls were collective souls yet. Individuated souls only came later, which in latter mystical circles are called ‘soul fragments’.


‘7 sons and 7 daughters’ echo exactly the Septenary Law as applied to human Evolutes: 7 sub-races for each of the 7 ‘root-races’ of man (from manu or thinking being). The ‘deity’ signifies all the creator beings—Elohim, elemental & devic hierarchs (ascended beings in stature), evolved extra-terrestrials known as ‘solar pitris’ and ‘lunar pitris’—represented in the singular.


‘A blast of wind came and blew into the children’ signifies the Breath archetype or Life-Force. ‘So that they breathed and became alive’ has a double meaning:

(a) the feeble minded early humans whose mental faculties were indeed so weak (it took the 5th ‘root race’ of Aryans to perfect mental development) even if relatively they were still strong in Spirit; and,

(b) the failed experiments on many species-formation, experiments that were endowed with souls (collective souls) that at the beginning could have been de-programmed or erased, till finally the experiments succeeded.  


That is, there were indeed human experiments that failed to move, so it took more experiments by the ‘solar pitris’ and ‘lunar pitris’ (pitris = fathers) before successes were achieved. In our present lingo, the pitris are the extraterrestrials notably the evolved ones, though we admit to the role of dense aliens of cold-blooded reptilian/lizard origins that also intervened in Terrans’ evolution. 


[Philippines, 24 June 2011]



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How the Moon and the Stars Came to Be – Bukidnon (Mindanao)

One day in the times when the sky was close to the ground a spinster went out to pound rice. Before she began her work, she took off the beads from around her neck and the comb from her hair, and hung them on the sky, which at that time looked like coral rock.

Then she began working, and each time that she raised her pestle into the air it struck the sky. For some time she pounded the rice, and then she raised the pestle so high that it struck the sky very hard.

Immediately the sky began to rise, and it went up so far that she lost her ornaments. Never did they come down, for the comb became the moon and the beads are the stars that are scattered about.



‘When the sky was close to the ground’ speaks of the eons when the cooling Earth was of higher vibratory frequency than it is today, thus rendering it nearer to the Great Central Sun or God Almighty. It wasn’t even a part of the sun yet, and could have freely floated in space prior to its gravitation to Sol whence its orbit came to being.


The ‘spinster’ is the folks’ idea of conserving ancient truths about creator deities who were collectively identified in the Female gender. The space-domain ‘looked like coral rock’, signifying the spread of matter across the vast expanses of the expanding universe as part of the Manvantara or great cycle of life.


‘Coral rock’ is an embed of the principles of solidity (rock is solid) and liquidity (corals come from the sea), or earth and water elements. ‘Coral’ is a species of life that thrives on water, so it is a good archetype for vegetative & animal species then evolving when Terra was still in higher dimension.  


‘She pounded the rice’, the pounding thus pushing the sky further from where the spinster stood—this signifies the further expansion processes as matter and Divine Light continued to fill up the void. The creation of the material planes—the causal, then the mental, then the astral, till finally the physical planes, in that order—was suggested here.


‘Comb became the moon’ and ‘beads are the stars’ is of course an embed of the ancient wisdom’s truths about the creator deities’ galvanization of solar systems and satellites signified by moon. The usage of personal body ornaments such as ‘comb’ and ‘beads’ surely renders the narrative very interesting and amusing.


[Philippines, 23 June 2011]



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The Creation – Igorot

In the beginning there were no people on the earth.

Lumawig, the Great Spirit, came down from the sky and cut many reeds. He divided these into pairs which he placed in different parts of the world, and then he said to them, “You must speak.”

Immediately the reeds became people, and in each place was a man and a woman who could talk, but the language of each couple differed from that of the others.

Then Lumawig commanded each man and woman to marry, which they did. By and by there were many children, all speaking the same language as their parents. These, in turn, married and had many children. In this way there came to be many people on the earth.

Now Lumawig saw that there were several things which the people on the earth needed to use, so he set to work to supply them. He created salt, and told the inhabitants of one place to boil it down and sell it to their neighbors. But these people could not understand the directions of the Great Spirit, and the next time he visited them, they had not touched the salt.

Then he took it away from them and gave it to the people of a place called Mayinit. These did as he directed, and because of this he told them that they should always be owners of the salt, and that the other peoples must buy of them.

Then Lumawig went to the people of Bontoc and told them to get clay and make pots. They got the clay, but they did not understand the molding, and the jars were not well shaped. Because of their failure, Lumawig told them that they would always have to buy their jars, and he removed the pottery to Samoki. When he told the people there what to do, they did just as he said, and their jars were well shaped and beautiful. Then the Great Spirit saw that they were fit owners of the pottery, and he told them that they should always make many jars to sell.

In this way Lumawig taught the people and brought to them all the things which they now have.


In the Cordillera mountains or Northern Luzon habituate the Igorots who comprise eight (8) ethnic groups in all. They share the belief in Lumauig as the Great Spirit who created mankind. Lumauig here is very near the truth about the Spirit-Force in divine wisdom, who is the One Universal Principle from which all objective and subjective domains of life emanated from.


Lumauig ‘came down from the sky’—descended from the spiritual domains. Thereof, he ‘cut many reeds’—this signifies the splitting of oversouls into many souls (soul-fragments in other traditions). Without souls, no human life is possible on the astral and physical domains that were the lowest dimensions.


He ‘divided them into pairs’—signifies the splitting of the androgynous souls into Male and Female polarities or Twinflame mates. ‘You must speak’ signifies the beginnings of oral language and communications, as human were still in the mental and astral planes preparing to move down to the physical plane.


‘Immediately the reeds became people’—souls in twinflame polarities became the first humans during the mid-Lemurian evolutionary phase, which is the farthest that Igorot collective memory can go. The rest was history, which includes the creation of the institution of family, diets (salt), cottage industry (pottery), and commerce.

[Philippines, 23 June 2011]






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Philippine folklore narratives on creation practically mirror those of its ASEAN neighbors. These folklores are shared by ethnicities coming from two (2) racial groups: Malays (the dominant majority) and Polynesians (aborigines).


The Malayan Filipinos are in kinship with their neighbors, as Malays  belong to the last racial families of Lemuro-Atlanteans of the 4th ‘root-race’. The Filipino Malays have their own peculiarities in the mythos narratives, which renders them as distinct in the analysis of folklorists and exegetes.


Polynesian Filipinos are of short stock, very dark brown skin hue, and curly hair. Phenotype groups are: Agta, Atta, Remontado, Dumagat, and related tribes. Remember that the ancient 3rd ‘root-race’ Lemurians were giants, with heights reaching past 30 feet at some point in ancient history, while their direct remnants have been shortened in stature across time for one reason or another (in-breeding normally produce dwarfism).


Let us examine a rundown of sample cosmogony of Filipinos. The most comprehensive anthology is that of Prof. Damiana Eugenio’s writings, published by the University of the Philippines, with a total of 10 Volumes, rendering the anthology as encyclopedic. Incidentally, other scholars of Southeast Asian studies of other nationalities have done equally scholarly pursuits of Filipino folklore, such as the expert below.




D.L. Ashliman (ed.), Creation Myths from the Philippines, 2003.


  1. How the World Was Made.
  2. The Creation (Igorot).
  3. How the Moon and the Stars Came to Be (Bukidnon).
  4. Origin (Bagobo).
  5. The Story of the Creation (Bilaan).
  6. In the Beginning (Bilaan).
  7. The Children of the Limokon (Mandaya).
  8. The Creation Story (Tagalog).





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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]