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Ang Hiling ng Pawikan by Lakandiwa Ang Hiling ng Pawikan by Lakandiwa
Ang Hiling ng Pawikan

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The pawikan or sea turtle is held in great regard by many of our ethno beliefs. To the Boholanos, the pawikan had itself covered with soil from the bottom of the sea, to become the island of Bohol and give man a home.

To the Tagbanwa of Palawan, the pawikan is a steed of the gods, for its grace in the water as well as its great age, making it one of the wises creatures.

The pawikan is usually described as the green sea turtle, yet sometimes the loggerhead is also called a pawikan.

The pawikan is in dire treat of extinction due to the destruction of its environment, the great demand for turtle eggs as food, and hunting for turtle meat and the sale of turtle shell products.

In the drawing, the illustration of the cloth has the figures of the Tagbanwa sculpture of a turtle over a plate, symbolizing the ritual of Pagdidiwata, or the calling of the gods, especially those who favor the pawikan.

Illustrated at the top is a Tagbanwa sheild.
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kwyjibosinkus Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Sea turtles are bald.
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes they are Ivan

But who knows, there might be a rabble rouse among them with a hippie streak?
kwyjibosinkus Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
And taste like beef.
lamialovesrikimaru Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
thats really interesting. love the pattern on the shell
draumstafur Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The work on the turtle's shells is absolutely magnificent :dummy: I also adore its head.
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Maria

If you noticed that I did incorporate a 'bird' motif to the sea turtle because to see them swimming in the oceans is like watching great birds flying

You should travel to Asia when you get older and try diving, you will love it

draumstafur Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You're right - they do look like they're flying :noes: Especially the adult ones. The little ones are so cute when swimming :giggle:

Ah, if I only I will grow up to have money to travel there :plotting:
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't worry

I started traveling in my 20s, when I was earning as a freelance designer. You still have lots of time. And with your skill and discipline, I know you'll make it

Now I'm in my 40s, I've slowed down for a while, and waiting for my daughter to grow big enough to enjoy traveling (she's 8)
draumstafur Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That is great <3 I hope your daughter grows up to be a great lady.
TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
This has been featured in Songs from the Sea.

Thank you for being an inspiration. :)
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
My great thanks

I do hope to start a new series based on the water / oceans
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March 16, 2010
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