I: The Various Elder Gods of the Visayan Pantheon
Mythology contains heavy traces of animism, for the people of that
region had a strong belief that everything has a life force, every
animal, every plant, even objects such as rocks, metals and forces
like wind, fire and sea have living forces controlling them. In order
to make an explanation to the curious mind, the folklorists used the
stories consisting of Gods that control certain forces of nature.
These gods control, protect and govern elements around them, may it
be nature or within the boundaries of human morality and
consciousness, they believed there are gods that influence their
daily lives. Out of these tales, came the first pantheon, consisting
of elder gods that roamed the earth at the beginning of time before
there was land, and the world was a mass of nothingness, and
according to some stories, especially from Negros Island It was
Kan-Laon,who was the eldest and created Sky and the Sea from this
mass of chaotic energy and is sometimes referred to as the progenitor
of the "god race" the deities, in other Visayan versions it
was Kaptan who held the world as the ultimate Sky God, the ruler of
heaven, and his opposite is Magwayen, the Supreme sea goddess and a
prominent figure in Sulad or the Visayan version of the Underworld.
They were the alpha, they started s it all as folklorists of old
would say, and this chapter contains some of the stories gathered
about the first gods that filled the world.