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Babaylan - Mambabarang by Nordenx Babaylan - Mambabarang by Nordenx
Babaylan character concept for the Anak Bathala Project. Babaylan is a Filipino/Tagalog word for "Warlock". The Babaylan is the embodiment of the Filipino or native islander's belief in mysticism, native magical arts of healing and witchcraft. In the Anak Bathala game world and background story, he is enlisted to help the defenders of light on their quest, however, his loyalty is questionable. He is a master of the dark arts of the Mambabarang and Kulam. Mambabarang is a Filipino/Tagalog word for "Insect Summoner". Kulam is a Filipino/Tagalog word for "Witchcraft", "Magic Spell", or "Hex". The Barang are mythical flesh-boring insects that can be commanded to create havoc and all sorts of malevolent deeds.
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alceoftheart Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student
ichirolittleking Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Kudos to your patriotic project but i would like to correct some definition. I guess the better translation of Babaylan is Shaman or Priest/Priestess since Babaylan is a Filipino term used popularly to describe a female priestess/shaman of pre-Hispanic era whom people consult when they want to talk or worship their gods or anitos (spirits of their ancestors). Babaylan were also considered as the first teachers of the ancient era of Philippine history. =)
mattkevin1991 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Astig ~ >.< I like this one... favorite
alronaka Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Interesting, never knew naay magikero na Mambabarang...
marcisbiggs Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
thanks for the info!!! Appreciate it much!!!
makoyuki Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmmm.......alam mo ba.....meron po kami lahing babaylan....
ewan ko lang tuwing galit na galit ko sa isang tao...ewan ko lang...
wag ko lang sabihin...nakakatakot..
zeniram-anibru Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006
ang galing nito. pero ang alam ko merong ibang lugar sa visayas na gumagawa ng practice ng mambabarang. napanood ko lang sa tv. hehe. :D
Nordenx Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006  Professional General Artist
Salamat! :)

I wanted a close to realistic & historic detail but still keep it in a fictional mythology.
Raidor Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2006
babaylan is a concept unique only to the filipino culture. 'warlock' is definitely not an appropriate translation. babaylan refers to a filipina healer, shaman, and community leader. they are mostly females. some are males, but they are called 'katalonans'. babaylans therefore are our ancient mystical doctors, prietess and baranggay captains.

"The babaylan in Filipino indigenous tradition is a person who is gifted to heal the spirit and the body; a woman who serves the community through her role as a folk therapist, wisdom-keeper and philosopher; a woman who provides stability to the community’s social structure; a woman who can access the spirit realm and other states of consciousness and traffic easily in and out of these worlds; a woman who has vast knowledge of healing therapies" (Leny Strobel).
Nordenx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the real life definition. I should've included & clarified that from the get go. I do know about all of this since I did do an extensive research.

The definition I gave was derived from the game.

In the game, this "character concept" is androgynous, an enigma; possesses very strong offensive and destructive powers. Calls upon both dark and light magic, their loyalty is questionable. Can summon demons, nature, and Gods' favors to do their bidding. Master of Mambabarang (summoner) craft and Mangkukulam (witchcraft), this character is feared even by the Aswang Clans. Worships Apo Deliste (God of Witchcraft) and Somilge (Goddess of Witchcraft).

That's the reason why I decided that the character equivalent would be a unique blend of witch/warlock/priest/priestess/summoner type. In the game's background story, this character is also a leader of a mysterious tribe. The Katalonan counterpart (character concept) is/will be mentioned only briefly in the story line as the "spouse" or person left in-charge of the tribe as the Babaylan travels in a quest to save his/her people.

You will find that my descriptions of other character concepts (gods, people, and heroes) from the Anak Bathala game are not the exact factual real-life definitions but rather adapted to better suit a videogame (fictional) storyline.

I do appreciate the input. Thank you. :)
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