South-East Asian Goddesses

Agemem, Lady Creatrix Amitabha, Merciful Buddha Aponibolinayen, Sun Bride
Ba Ngu', Lady Dolphin Duc Ba, Spirits of Trees Gimokodan, Lady of the Dead
Jata, Primal Serpent Munsumundok, Creatrix Pajau Yan, Lady Moon
Po Ino Nogar, Great One Rabia, Reborn Moon Rangda, Lady of Sex and Death
Sangiyan Sari, Lady Rice Satine, Lady of the Underworld Usi Afu, Lady Earth

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Agemem, Lady Creatrix

Among the Tinguian of the Philippines, She is honored as co-Creatrix of the sun, moon, earth and stars, along with Her husband, Kadaklan.

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Amitabha, Merciful Buddha

In Indonesia, She is honored as a Lady of "Infinite Light." She saves souls

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Aponibolinayen, Sun Bride

In a reversal of the usual story, this Tinguin tale tells of a mortal woman carried to the heavens. She married the Sun.

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Ba Ngu', Lady Dolphin

The Annam of Indonesia see the dolphin as a benevolent creature. The dolphin is actually a Goddess, Who rescues sailors. Dead dolphins which are found at sea or wash up on shore are ceremonially buried.

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Duc Ba, Spirits of Trees

Like the Nymphae (Graeco-Roman Goddesses), Askefruer (Northern European Goddesses), and Yakshi (Hindu Goddesses), the Duc Ba are feminine spirits of trees. They are worshipped by the Annam of Indonesia.

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Gimokodan, Lady of the Dead

The Bogobo of the Philippines call Her the Gimokodan Woman. She sits beside the River of the Underworld and feeds the spirits of deceased infants.

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Jata, Primal Serpent

The Dyaks of Borneo worship Her as the serpent Who lived in the primeval waters. Along with the Sun, Mahatala, She created the universe. See Aida Wedo and Ayizan (Central American Goddesses) and Julunggul (Oceanic Goddesses).

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Munsumundok, Creatrix

This rather grisly story of creation comes from the Dusun of Sarawak, Borneo. It recounts the creation not only of celestial phenomena and humans, but also of trees and food. See also Sago Woman (Descent of the Gods chapter) and Nungui (South American Goddesses).

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Pajau Yan, Lady Moon

Among the Chams of Vietnam, She is a benevolent Goddess of Health, Healing and Good Fortune. A lunar eclipse is Her way of honoring the Sun; She feeds the dead with the fragrant Flowers of Transition.

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Po Ino Nogar, Great One

Among Vietnamese and Cambodians, Her name means "Great One." She is a polyandrous Goddess, Who gave people rice.

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Rabia, Reborn Moon

This story told by the Ceram of Indonesia bears a striking resemblence to that of Kore/Demeter/Persephone (see Graeco-Roman Goddesses) and Kura (Oceanic Goddesses). It is about an Earth Goddess Who sinks into the ground and is then reborn.

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Rangda, Lady of Sex and Death

On the island of Bali, She is worshipped as a Goddess of Sexuality, Fertility, Lust and the Dead, as well as Magic and Charms.

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Sangiyan Sari, Lady Rice

The Buginese of the Celebes Islands honor Her as Goddess of Rice. If She leaves, there will be famine.

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Satine, Lady of the Underworld

This complex story is told by the Ceram of Indonesia. Satine is the Goddess of the Underworld. She sits on the Ninth Mountain; the dead must cross the other eight Mountains before they reach Her.

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Usi Afu, Lady Earth

Her name means "Lady Earth." With Her husband Usi-Neno, "Lord Sun," She created everything, and continues to impart vitality and fertility.

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