Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


×
Pixabay

Through many trade trips from India, historical regions in the Philippines were heavily impacted by Hindu-Buddhist faiths, speech, cultural values, literary works, and belief systems.

By- Khushi Bisht

The Philippines is a large archipelago with about 7100 islands. It was named after the prince of Spain, Philip II, by a Spanish adventurer named Ruy López de Villalobos in 1544. The Philippines' pre-Spanish past was veiled in an enigma. Nobody ever questioned what the archipelago was termed even before the Spaniards gave it the name Philippines some four centuries ago. However, recent findings have helped to clear the haze surrounding the Philippines.


In ancient India, the Philippines was known as "Suvarnadvipa" which means the "Golden Island." The Philippines, like many other Southeast Asian nations, has been impacted by the ancient Indian civilization. It is said, from the 2nd to the late 14th centuries CE, the impact of Indian civilization on the Philippines grew stronger via the maritime route.

ALSO READ: Sanskrit: The Deva-Vani

Through many trade trips from India, historical regions in the Philippines were heavily impacted by Hindu-Buddhist faiths, speech, cultural values, literary works, and belief systems. Indo-Sanskrit impacts extended over the Philippines archipelago before the arrival of the Westerners. In various Philippine languages, Sanskrit and Tamil account for approximately 25 percent of the vocabulary.

Sanskrit was one of the earliest non-Austronesian languages to have a significant influence on Tagalog. Despite being from separate linguistic families, Sanskrit and Filipino share several terms in common. Researchers presume that the ancient Filipino alphabet emerged from India and that the Sanskrit language is responsible for nearly a quarter of the Tagalog language's words.

philippines The word "Sanskrit" in Chinese and English.Wikimedia Commons


Sanskrit and Tamil have left a linguistic imprint on Tagalog as well as other Filipino languages that can still be seen today. Dozens of Sanskrit words are still spoken on the Philippines archipelago. In this article, we'll look at some of the similarities between the two languages, both of which are descended from Sanskrit.

Asa- In Tagalog, the word "Asa" means "hope." It comes from the Sanskrit word "Asha," which has the same meaning.

Bahala- In Filipino, the word "Bahala" denotes "concern," "responsibility," "burden." This word is thought to have evolved from the Sanskrit word "Bhara," which implies "weight, burden, pressure, or load."

Bathala- It's the Tagalog word for the highest deity and it's thought to have stemmed from the Sanskrit word "Batara Guru," which means "noble lord."

Dukha- "Dukha" is a Sanskrit word that means "pain and suffering" or "sadness," but it is used to describe "poor" or "needy" in Filipino.

Diwata- In Filipino, "Diwata" refers to a spirit or a subordinate god or goddess who is said to protect forests. The Sanskrit term "Devta," which means "divine being," is assumed to be the source of this name.

Guro- In both languages, this word is used to refer to a "teacher." In Sanskrit, however, the word is pronounced "Guru."

Kapas- The word "Kapas" implies cotton in both languages.

Katha- The word "Katha" in Filipino means "story" or "tale." Katha is also a Sanskrit word that means "tales of all kinds." In Sanskrit, the word "Gatha" also means tale.

Likha- In Filipino, this word signifies literature or the ability to create anything with intellect and expertise. It means "to write" in Sanskrit.

Mukha- In both Tagalog and Sanskrit, the word "Mukha" refers to "the face."

Naga- In Tagalog, it refers to a serpent, dragon, or mermaid. It is derived from the Sanskrit word "naga," which means "serpent" or "serpentine."


philippines The Sanskrit language is responsible for nearly a quarter of the Tagalog language's words. Wikimedia Commons


ALSO READ: Is Ayodhya The Maternal Home Of South Koreans?

These were merely a few Filipino words with similar meanings to the Sanskrit ones. However, Tagalog people employ a large number of Sanskrit words in their everyday conversations.

According to researchers, Hindu ideas and mythology came to the Philippines around the 9th to 10th centuries. The Philippines' folk literature bears a strong influence from ancient Indian civilization. The Mahabharata and the Ramayana, share similar traits, narratives, climaxes, and concepts from the folk writings as well as other major epics from the Philippines.

The Philippines has its own rendition of the Ramayana. In the Philippines archipelago, the Ramayana is known as 'Maharadia Lawana,' which translates as 'King Ravana.'

All of this demonstrates how influential Indian culture was in the Philippines.


Popular

wikimedia commons

Mortgage loan graph

By- Blogger Indifi

EMI is known as equated monthly installments. It is a fixed payment made by the borrower each month to repay the loan amount. The EMI is divided into two loan components. One is the principal amount, and the second is the interest amount. Whether you are applying for a personal loan, business loan, home loan, car loan, or education loan, EMIs are easy to calculate using the EMI loan calculator.

Keep Reading Show less
Photo by Flickr.

Swastika, one of the sacred symbols used by many religions like Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism.

The symbol of Swastika is known to signify peace, prosperity, and good fortune in the religious cultures of Eurasia. In fact, this symbol is considered very significant in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. But, at the same time, it has become one of the most misunderstood religious symbols and has been globally banned in many countries.

The reason why the symbol of Swastika is banned in many countries is because of its association with Adolf Hitler's extreme political ideology, Nazism, as Swastika as its official symbol.

Keep Reading Show less
Pixabay

Since emerging into the public eye with a historic gold medal at the junior world championships in 2016, he has maintained a high level of performance

India celebrated a historic day on August 7, as 23-year-old Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics. In the men's javelin throw event, he achieved his greatest triumph, throwing the javelin 87.58 meters on his second try.

Neeraj Chopra was born on December 24, 1997, in Khandra village in Haryana's Panipat district. He grew up in a Haryanavi family of farmers. He is the brother of two sisters. He graduated from Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College in Chandigarh and is now enrolled in Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree. Chopra was bullied due to his obesity as a kid, which prompted his father to enroll him in a nearby gym. He then joined a gym in Panipat, where Jaiveer Choudhary, a javelin thrower, noticed his potential and coached him. When the 13-year-old Chopra finished training under Jaiveer for a year, he was enrolled at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex in Panchkula, where he began training under coach Naseem Ahmed.

Keep reading... Show less