Amihan

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Amihan is a personification of the North Wind in Tagalog mythology.

Legend

Amihan 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, being caught in the middle of the two powers, 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.

Amihan is also the name of the northeast monsoon in the Philippines, usually occurring early in the year.

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