Aman Sinaya is the primordial Tagalog goddess of the sea and protector of fishermen. She was one of the only three beings who existed when the Earth was still young, the other two being Bathala, god of the sky, and Amihan, the North Wind.
Aman Sinaya plays an important role in the Tagalog creation story.
Aman Sinaya and Bathala were rivals. They would pit their powers against one another - Aman Sinaya sent tempests into the sky and Bathala retaliated by hurling giant boulders from the mountaintops. These boulders would create the Philippine archipelago.
Amihan decided to put a stop to the conflict by taking the form of a bird and flying back and forth between the two deities' realms, bringing them together.
Bathala planted a bamboo plant on the ocean floor as a sign of friendship. One day, Amihan heard voices from within and she pecked at the trunk, which split. The first man, Malakas (“strong”) and the first woman, Maganda (“beautiful”), emerged from the split bamboo. Amihan bore them to one of the islands where they built a house and had millions of children who would populate the world. When these children became too numerous to control, Bathala advised Malakas and Maganda to mete out discipline so the two dealt the children blows with wooden spoons.
In terror, the children started to run away. The ones who hid under bamboo tables became slaves. The ones who hid inside the cauldrons got blackened by the soot and became the Aetas. The ones who climbed onto the rooftops became the datus. The ones who climbed to the treetops became the commoners. The ones who fled to the mountains became hunters. Finally, the ones who fled to the seashores became fishermen.
- Philippine mythology. (Accessed 3 November 2010).