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Anting-Anting Hunting On Holy Week: Filipino Talisman, Charm, Amulet

Updated on March 6, 2014

Anting-anting is a Filipino word for charm, talisman or amulet that provide its wearer protection or whatever the anting-anting is being worn or carried for and sometimes called just anting. It can be a pendant-like with inscribed symbols and Latin text that is believed to contribute to the talisman, or amulets power to protect its wearer from illnesses, evil spirits and other types of harm. The anting, is usually worn as an unexposed pendant, others chose to tie it to their waist, or clipped on the clothing as having the amulet exposed or touched by others will lost its efficacy.

The anting, once empowered will protect its owner from danger, and misfortune but that depends on what amulet or anting one have. It could be one that protects its bearer from misfortune and harm, one that provides health, and luck. Or it could be one that provides its wearer invincibility from thundering bullets, and shade its owner from sharp knives. I also had learned of an anting that enables its wearer an easy fishing.

Empowering the anting-anting.

Once an anting-anting was gained, the owner of the anting will have to empower it which can be done through oraciones, or Latin prayers. But that wasn't the end of it, to maintain the anting's efficacy, its owner has to devote himself/herself to continuously recite the destined Latin prayers on a specific time or day of the week. In some instances, reciting the prayer for the amulet is also accompanied with the act of immersing the anting-anting into a body of water, or reciting the prayer on a chosen day of the month, or whatever is needed to be done but that depends on the kind of amulet one has.

The amulet is also known in many names aside from anting-anting: agimat or bertud are two other Filipino words that refers to it. It has also been depicted on Filipino movies such as the "Nardong Putik," "Tiagong Akyat," which was based on true to life stories of people who was known for their anting-anting.

But how do you obtain an anting-anting?

For those looking for amulets, and talismans to obtain invincibility, health, and protection, Good Friday would be the best time to go for hunting. Some seekers would climb up mountains believed to be sacred to look for anting-anting. Some others goes to the forest, the cemetery or wherever they could find that specific anting that they want to possess. And there are still those some who, I'd say was just lucky enough to deserve an anting-anting for the talisman or amulet to find them instead. While some are busy navigating secluded areas or climbing up mountains to find one, there are those few who gets bestowed with such a powerful gift from either a stranger, someone they just met, or a relative passing the anting to them. With that, I'd tell you one story about this person who happened to have received few anting-anting.

This someone told me that when he was young boy, he would go and fetch water on a river early in the morning. One morning he went on the river, too early as it was still dark but he decided he'd rather go this early as he also have to go to the field, and this was on a Good Friday. According to him, he heard chirping and flapping of a bird's wing above him. He looked up and saw this bird circling above. "This bird is going to poop," he thought to himself. Not long after that thought, something dropped below between the rocks, an egg. The boy was astonished to see the egg, and that was one lucky egg, it wasn't broken at all and wasn't drifted by the water, it sits there between the rocks. He considered it a lucky find as it was on a Good Friday. The boy gave the egg to his father and hasn't seen the egg after that. He still wonders to this day what happened to the egg.

After many years, that young boy grew up and started a family, and again, another Holy Week strange egg encounter but that was another story.

Aside from this, he also had other amulet stories he had shared but I'd rather not include all of that here as it will make it a long hub, I'd save that for next time.

Each anting has a different purpose or use but here are few I've heard about.

Anting comes in many forms, each for different purpose but here are few I've heard about.

* The stingray tail, (buntot pagi) in Filipino language, buntot (tail) and pagi for stingray is used and is believed to be effective for warding off the aswang which is a Filipino mythological creature that is most feared in the country.

* Sinukuan. Sinukuan (sinuku/suko means surrender) is believed to be a mystique tree from the highlands. I've never seen the tree, even wonders how it looks like or maybe I've seen but just don't know. But since it is a mystique tree, I'm pretty sure I've never seen one.

Having a piece of the wood (Sinukuan) will protect its bearer from evil spirits and illnesses caused by them and any other creatures. It is said that the tree of Sinukuan can be found on a secluded mountain in Bicol region and in some forest in Mindanao. It is very risky to go near the tree specially during daylight or on moonlit nights as it will paralyze whoever goes under its shadows. I've also heard that with the Sinukuan, the possessor will not have (or less) trouble with people, making them give in or agree to his liking.

* The infinito de deus is a medallion for protection against danger, and enemies. It also protects its owner from bullets. With this amulet, the owner should devote himself into charging it on Fridays with the appropriate Latin prayers for the infinito de deus.

* Eyeless Coconut (niyog na walang mata) A very powerful amulet that when another specific amulet is placed inside the shell, it will protect its possessor from bullets.

* (Mutya ng Saging) Mutya (pearl) and saging (banana) is another anting I've heard about since I was a kid. One who wishes to possess the pearl has to wait patiently for the banana flower to open. But you have to be ready and armed with courage and strength to fight against sprites and other entities who also wishes to possess the pearl as it falls from the flower. The pearl needs to be swallowed, they will do their best to snatch the pearl from you or make you spit it out. If you have proven yourself to be deserving and are good-natured, the pearl is yours.

Anting-anting such these can be seen for sale on Philippine's near church entrances or sidewalks.
Anting-anting such these can be seen for sale on Philippine's near church entrances or sidewalks. | Source

Possessing one and retaining its efficacy also means having some sacrifices to things the owner can and can't do. Like for example, there are some anting-anting where the bearer aren't supposed to bath on specific days, or not being able to go to vigils, amongst others.

There are a lot of amulet and talisman being sold now for those who wants to have one, even Ebay has it. But I believed, like some others out there, that an anting-anting is more effective when they are given to you purposely and not acquired. And when you are given one, it is that fortunate feeling that you know you are deserving.

Do you believed in amulets, talismans,and charms?

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      mary 2 years ago

      hi i was a victim in kulam can i get powerful amulets from you?

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      ernie villaroya jr. 2 years ago

      I wish i had a very powerfull rosary and a very powerfull amulet or anting anting because i have one but it wasn't enough for me....can you gave me one sir.....????

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      josar 3 years ago


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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Deomar :) Now that you mentioned that, isn't that something interesting?! I asked someone years ago how come Latin prayers are used of all languages and the answer I got, is because Christ had speak the language. And because Latin prayers are much more effective to use.

      @ Avian: And thanks for the visit, and maybe you'll stumble into something this year's Good Friday?! :)

      @drbj: Maybe. :) It might not be the stingray tail but maybe a lucky charm :) But I'm sure you had a good time with the visit in the country. Thank you for dropping by!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Fascinating information about Philippine talismans, precy. I believe I own an 'anting' and didn't even know it. I have a small purse about 8x4 inches made from a manta ray or stingray. I purchased it in an open-air market the last time I visited Thailand. Maybe it's lucky! Who knew?

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for the history lesson from your part of the globe. It truly helps me to understand where our beliefs are found.