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Buwaya - Crocodile

The largest predator found in the Philippines, the Buwaya (crocodile) has always been a symbol of the warrior's fierceness. Hence the sword end of the Kampilan is shaped like the Buwaya's head, to imbibe the spirit of the creature.

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bagyoperla Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lakan, may i feature this drawing in my third post about the buwaya at 
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bagyoperla Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow, this is a beautiful drawing of the buwaya. Filipinos are now only familiar with the dark aspect of shadow of the buwaya---greed, corruption. This is something we inherited from our spanish colonizers. But the buwaya has it's light aspect and positive symbolism, power to protect offspring and territory, fertility of the waters... Philippine ancestors honored the buwaya, the ancient Egyptians worshiped the crocodile. If modern Filipinos remembered the beautiful Light Aspect and white spirit of the buwaya, ano kaya?
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Perla,

Great to see you here in DA.

In truth, the crocodile / buwaya was demonized by the European people and subsequently the Catholic government as their unfamiliarity with the creature made them connect the animal with the concept of the dragon. Although many ancient European cultures (as did the Egyptians of the ancient Filipinos) did believe in the dragon as a  both a creature of spirit and matter, neither being good or evil. However, with the coming of Catholicism the dragon became the symbol of the Shaitan. Hence that evil connotation has rubbed down to the common folk, as we have now used this as a symbol for corruption.

I have been to many places here in the Philippines, which were named after the crocodile. unfortunately, in those places the crocodile is not extinct.


Yes you may use my artwork in your blog. :)
Astrokitty13 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
really like this one :) nice work
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Tina

Actually the Buwaya / crocodile's head is shaped in that of the Kampilan (ancient Philippine sword), which was supposed to invoke the fierceness of the crocodile to the warrior wielding the sword
Astrokitty13 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
very appropriate :)
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