Bathala’s Daughters, The Three Sisters
These images are painted based on found found archival photos from the 1920’s from the neighboring hometown of my great grandmother. The black and white photos were taken by American archaelogists who sought out more information about the Igorots after seeing them on display during the Living Exhibit at the 1904 World ‘s Fair. The largest of the exhibited communities at the 1904 Worlds Fair in St. Louis was of the Philippine village, a 47-acre site that for seven months in 1904 became home to more than 1,000 Filipinos from at least 10 different ethnic groups. The biggest crowd-drawers were the so-called primitive tribes — especially the Igorots, whose appeal lay in their custom of eating dog.
I have particularly selected the archives of young women who have been renamed and reclaimed on these series- as Bathala’s Daughters. According to indigenous religious beliefs Bathala is the all-mighty deity who created the universe. This is my interpretation of the daughters. The three sisters are: Hanan, the eldest and the deity of dawn or early morning, Mayari who rules the moon, and the youngest Tala, daughter or the evening star.