Who is Mayari?

Mayari is the Philippine goddess of the moon, as well as combat, beauty, revolution, equality and strength. She fought her brother, Apolaki, for equal run of the skies, and although she won and now rules half the sky, she lost her eye in combat. Depite that, she is still regarded as one of the most beautiful and charming of Philippine deities. 

One of the things that we admire her for is that she embodies the truth that you don’t have to have physical perfection to be beautiful, and that strength and revolution walk hand in hand with divinity. We channel her magic and infuse it into our products so you can absorb some of her energy.

 

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More about Mayari from Lane Wilcken, Philippine cultural practitioner and author of "Filipino Tattoos: Ancient to Modern" and "The Forgotten Children of Maui: Filipino Myths, Tattoos, and Rituals of a Demigod.":

"Mayari, Malyari, Mallari, these are some of the names of the personification of the moon from Southern Luzon in the Philippines. According to Tagalog tradition, she was the youngest daughter of the supreme being Bathala Maykapal & a mortal woman. When Bathala died without announcing an heir, Mayari's brother, the sun god Apo Laki & the moon goddess, both being of equal light, fought over who would rule the world. Apo Laki wanted absolute power, while Mayari wanted a shared sovereignty between them. The two battled with bamboo clubs until Mayari lost her eye. Afterwards, Apo Laki repented & agreed to share dominion with her, but during different times. It is said that Mayari’s light is dimmer because of her lost eye. 
In some Kapampangan lore, Malyari was the wife of Sinukuan or Suku A.K.A. Apo Laki. Here again they battled and Malyari's eye was blinded.  Mount Pinatubo was her sacred mountain while Mount Arayat was Apo Laki's. Her name is derived from the word "yari" meaning, "completed, perfected." These stories (found in various forms around the Philippines) remind me of the conflict between the gender bias of patriarchy versus the egalitarianism of matriarchy. It is interesting that conversely in some traditions, Bathala Maykapal stabs the sun (Apo Laki) in the eye so that he could not shine so hotly upon the earth. With the dome of the sky much cooler, Bathala pushed up the heavens to their proper height so people could freely walk upright. Perhaps this was a little comeuppance for Apo Laki's violence."

 

 

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