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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Filipino Amulets: Anting-Anting
As with a Thai
amulet, anting-anting is an amulet that said to grants its owner extra ordinary
power.The word anting-anting itself is
derived from the word “anti,” which means against.However, anting-anting is just the Filipinos’
version of the more widely known amulet and talisman.
The amulet is
an object worn or carried by a person in the belief that it will bring good
luck or ward off evil.They are
frequently used to protect persons or livestock specifically against “magical”
attacks.On the other hand, the talisman
is believed to have the power to work wonders, as in the case of Alladin’s “magic
lamp”.Some believe that the
anting-anting is more powerful because it can possess both the qualities of an
amulet and the talisman.
Philippines, anting-antings are allegedly taken from supernatural beings or
imbued with power through rituals and incantations.There are objects that are dug up in places
that are believed to be inhabited by spirits or other supernatural entities;
and there are those that are said to be acquired only if the seeker will
undergo a certain process– a sort of an endurance test.
to old folks, the most powerful anting-anting is the “hiyas-ng-saging” – a
pearl-like globe that comes out of a ripe banana during the midnight.A person who seeks this anting-anting must
not touch it, but instead wait for the banana heart to open and expel the
“hiyas” and catch it with his mouth.The
person will then have to fight a kapre, who guards the hiyas (banana spirit?
Phi Pop?). Only after defeating the
kapre will he have the full power and ownership of the anting-anting.
actively seek anting-anting because of its promise of power.Anting-anting allegedly imbues its owners the
power of invulnerability, invisibility, healing, or even the ability to fly or
predict the future.In fact, some, who
claim to possess such objects, trek annually (during Holy Week) to Mount
Banahaw in Quezon Province to “recharge” their anting-antings.Mount Banahaw seems to have a special charm
to those who believe in the supernatural.
there really any truth to the claim of those who possess such anting-antings?
If you are
to inspect its physical composition, you will realize that there is nothing
extraordinary about anting-antings.They
are mostly just crude pieces of metals with undecipherable inscriptions on
them. But we can't really tell about the spiritual content, can we? Keep the faith as the power is only for the beholders ;-)!