16 Facts About Maria Makiling


Maria Makiling, more properly Mariang Makiling, is a diwata or lambana in Philippine mythology, associated with Mount Makiling in Laguna, Philippines.

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Maria Makiling's is the most widely known diwata in Philippine mythology and was venerated in pre-colonial Philippines as a goddess known as Dayang Masalanta or Dian Masalanta who was invoked to stop deluges, storms, and earthquakes.

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Maria Makiling is the guardian spirit of the mountain, responsible for protecting its bounty and thus is a benefactor for the townspeople who depend on the mountain's resources.

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Maria Makiling's was sent by Bathala to aid the people of the area in their everyday life.

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Maria Makiling is a prominent example of the mountain goddesses motif in Philippine mythology, other prominent examples being Maria Sinukuan of Pampanga's Mount Arayat and Maria Cacao on Cebu's Mount Lantoy.

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The "Maria Makiling" was added by the Spanish in a bid to rebrand her as Catholic, after the Virgin Mary.

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Maria Makiling's is a breathtakingly beautiful young woman who never ages.

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Maria Makiling's is closely associated with the white mist that often surrounds the mountain.

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In some stories, this hut is situated in the village, among the people, where Maria Makiling lived before she fled to the mountains after having been offended for some reason.

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Stories about Maria Makiling were part of oral tradition long before they were documented, there are numerous versions of the Maria Makiling legend.

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Wise Maria Makiling recognizes the symptoms as signs not of disease, but of hunger brought about by extreme poverty.

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Maria Makiling's gives the villager some ginger, which, by the time the villager gets home, has magically turned to gold.

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When Maria Makiling discovered that he had met, fell in love with, and married a mortal woman, she was deeply hurt.

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Maria Makiling was never seen by the peasants again, nor was her humble hut ever rediscovered.

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Maria Makiling was sought for and wooed by many suitors, three of whom were the Captain Lara, a Spanish soldier; Joselito, a Spanish mestizo studying in Manila; and Juan who was but a common farmer.

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Maria Makiling is a common theme among Filipino artists, ranging from painters and sculptors to graphic novelists.

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