Fleurs et Muses

The Diwatas Grottesca Series
Nos. 1 & 2
by Alfred Galvez
9 × 12 inches | Watercolor on paper

THE DIWATA IN PRE-COLONIAL PHILIPPINES. The Diwata in Philippine mythology and folklore is described as a Nature spirit—a demi-god or goddess, believed to dwell in forests in order to protect them. The word diwata is derived from the Sanskrit word devata or deva (English: deity) and was loaned from the Indosphere western parts of the Malay archipelago. The Diwata is also referred to as the Anito, a term predominantly used in Luzon and in Folk Catholicism today.