For the novice or those who are just beginning to be aware of the Filipino brand of occultism or shamanic practices, knowing something about the Filipino myth of Infinito Dios or Infinite God appears to be an essential foundation for understanding the theological underpinnings of the system or practice. One can deduce from the myth much of the succeeding practices involving talismans (anting-anting) and words of power (orasyon).
Much like the gnostic gospels that deviate from the biblical canon, this myth deviates from the mainstream Judeo-Christian accounts of creation and if it has not been for the more tolerant atmosphere in our religious environment these days, the myth might have been considered as heretical and subject to the scrutiny of the Inquisition.
You can find the myth told in Tagalog in various underground publications. Most of my readers who are already deeply involved in Philippine occultism are very much familiar with the myth. In fact the myth, I should say, has acquired some kind of a scriptural authority and local practitioners may refer to it much like the mainstream Christians quoting verses from the Bible.
I have been baffled by the myth as it is rendered in Tagalog by various writers. They probably have copied it elsewhere in the past — and have copied it the way it was originally written without any attempt to polish it according to the norms of what may constitute as fine literature because it is scripture, the inspired Word of God in the manner mainstream Christians hold the Bible to be.
The mythical account, therefore, comes devoid of the internal logic that you would expect to govern an event in waking reality. It has the quality of a dream experience where events may just pop up for no reasons at all except that — it is just is!
Anyway, that seems to be part of the fun in studying the Filipino occult literature. I am not bothered as I would be if I were a literalist because I think the events portrayed in the myth are mere symbolic representations of how the Filipino occultists understand the nature of God and creation. From these symbolic events come the practice.
I’ll be giving in a future post an English translation of the myth to give it a different flavor and to share it with our non-Tagalog readers of this blog.
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