Encantadia influences

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This article aims to list all possible sources of inspiration for elements of the "Encantadia universe", featured in the show Encantadia and its sequel series.

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Concepts

  • Bathala
  • Diwatas and encantados

Names and the Enchanta language

  • "Abog" is a Filipino word for sudden.
  • "Adamya" may have been derived from Adam.
  • "Adarde" may have been derived from the Filipino word adarga which means an armor made of skin.
  • "Agimat" is the Filipino term for talisman.
  • "Alena" could derive from Elena, and ultimately from Helen, the most famous bearer of that name being Helen of Troy. However, another Helen is probably more relevant to Filipino culture: St. Helena of Constantinople, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine I. According to legend and/or tradition, she and her son recovered the True Cross of Jesus in the Holy Land; that event is commemorated in the folk Catholic practice of the Santacruzan (literally "Holy Cross"), still practiced today in the Philippines. In it, mother and son are immortalized as Reyna Elena (Queen Helena) and Constantino respectively.
  • "Alipato" is a Filipino word for ashes being carried by the wind from a fire.
  • "Andora" could derive from Pandora from Greek mythology; it could also come from Andúril, the name of a sword found in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It may also derive from Andorra, a country between France and Spain.
  • "Aquil" could come from aquila, Latin for eagle. Its sound may have come from dakila which is the Tagalog word for great as he is described.
  • "Amihan" is the Filipino term for the northeast monsoon.
  • "Arde" could come from Arda, J. R. R. Tolkien's name for our Earth. It could also come from an Arabic term for "earth" - arde.
  • "Avatar", the name of a powerful enchanted sword, is borrowed from Hinduism.
  • "Avilan" and "Avila" could either come from Avalon, resting place of King Arthur, or St. Teresa of Avila.
  • "Camlon" could come from Camlann, the place where King Arthur is mortally wounded, or Camelot, his castle.
  • "Cassandra" was the prophetess of Troy whom nobody believed, because of a curse from Apollo.
  • "Cassiopea", properly spelled Cassiopeia, was the mother of Andromeda, a maiden Perseus rescued; also, the name of a constellation representing her.
  • "corra" (heart) could be derived from the French cœur (as in Richard Cœur de Lion, "Richard the Lionhearted").
  • "Danaya" could be a play on Diana, which is the name of a Roman goddess (her Greek equivalent is Artemis), as well as the late Princess of Wales (the character Danaya is also a princess), and the actress portraying her.
  • "Devas" maybe inspired from Daevas ("heavenly ones"), a religious concept from Zoroastrianism, very fitting because Emre, an Encantadian deity, resides at Devas.
  • "Emre" could come from from the Welsh Emrys, (in Latin, Ambrosius), one of the names of Merlin (Myrddin Emrys, "Merlin Ambrosius") Or from the hungarian king Imre, also known as Emeric or the Hungarian statesman Imre Nagy.
  • "Etheria" could be derived from the word ethereal, itself coming from ether. As an aside, the 1980s cartoon series She-Ra featured a planet of the same name (She-Ra is the brother of He-Man). The word might also have originated from an old codex entitled "Journey to Etheria" which was made by a Christian pilgrim somewhere in Israel.
  • "Hagorn" could be derived from Aragorn, one of the heroes of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, or Edward Hagedorn, Philippine politician.
  • "Hathoria" could be derived from Hathor, Egyptian cow-goddess of fertility.
  • "Hera"and its related terms which connote nobility could come from Hera, queen of the gods in Greek mythology.
  • "Hitano" could come from Kitano, the family name of Takeshi Kitano, Japanese actor and director; also the creator and host of the cult game show Takeshi's Castle, which was shown in the Philippines in the late 1980s.
  • "Kabilan", the name of another enchanted sword, could be taken from Caliburn, the sword of King Arthur, better known as Excalibur.
  • "Kahlil" could come from the poet and philosopher Khalil Gibran.
  • "Lira" could come from lira, the Tagalog word for lyre.
  • "Lireo" could be derived from Lir or Llyr, Celtic god of the sea, or Shakespeare's King Lear, who was based on Leir of Britain, or even King Linceo (Haring Linceo), a character from the Philippine epic, Ang Ibong Adarna (The Adarna Bird).
  • "Mayumi" is the Filipino term for pretty.
  • "Mercurio" is Spanish for Mercury, the Roman version of Hermes, the Greek messenger god.
  • "Mira" is a Tagalog word for myrrh.
  • "Muros" is a Spanish word that means wall.
  • "Odessa" is the name of a city in the Ukraine; also, ODESSA was a Nazi network which protected fugitive Nazi war criminals, and is featured is Frederick Forsyth's novel, The Odessa File.
  • Paklong could have come from the Filipino word for grasshopper, tipaklong.
  • "Pirena" could come from sirena, the Filipino term for mermaids, though the term itself is derived from the Sirens, which were identified with mermaids in the post-classical period. It may also come from the Greek word "pyros", which means fire (pyros is present in words related to fire - such as pyromania, pyrotechnic, and pyre). It could also be derived for pirana which is the Tagalog for piranha.
  • "Sang'gre" (royalty) could come from the Spanish word sangre, which means blood, and from the Old French Sangreal or San Graal, the Holy Grail. For the Grail's purported connection to royalty, see Holy Blood, Holy Grail.
  • "Sapiro" could come from sapphire or else inspired by the name of a place in Magic Knight Rayearth, Cephiro.
  • "Uruvak" could derive from "Uruk", the word for Orc in the Black Speech of Tolkien's Mordor.
  • "ybarro" (brave) could come from Crisostomo Ibarra, one of the heroes of Noli Me Tangere, the first novel of José Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. The character Ybarro's original name was Ybrahim, a slightly modified version of the Arabic form of Abraham (Ibrahim).

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