The image of Jesus as a child was brought to Philippine shores by Spanish colonizers. But long before they arrived, the Animist people of the islands already have a similar icon rooted in paganism.
Long before Christianity was brought to the Philippines by colonizers, the natives have their own polytheistic beliefs officiated by the Babaylan. But overtime, they went from healers to hell-sent.
There is a popular Visayan folklore about a mystical lady sailing from the mountains down to the lowlands aboard a ship of gold, seeking passengers to ferry to the next world.
Maria Sinukuan, The Fairy Godmother Who Turned Men Into Swine (Mountain Goddesses of the Philippines Part 2)
It hurts when the people you love and care about steal from you..When this happens, are you just going to stand by and hope for the best, or are you gonna respond in kind?
The mountain goddesses of Philippine Folklore and Myth all share similar legends. Are these so-called fairies of the forests related--perhaps probably the same deity that goes by different names?