58 episodes

Two Filipina transplants explore the rich, strange, wacky, and largely underground (pun intended) world of Philippine Mythology.

The Gods Must Be Crazy: A Philippine Mythology Podcast The Gods Must Be Crazy: A Philippine Mythology Podcast

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Two Filipina transplants explore the rich, strange, wacky, and largely underground (pun intended) world of Philippine Mythology.

    51: PAST LIVES | The Eternal Love Story of Maruja

    51: PAST LIVES | The Eternal Love Story of Maruja

    51: PAST LIVES | The Eternal Love Story of Maruja

    Buckle up, lovebirds and skeptics! This week, we're diving into the heart-stopping saga of Maruja, a love story so strong it just couldn't stay buried. From Mars Ravelo's comic genius to cinematic reboots, Maruja's undying romance with Gabriel has been making fans swoon for over a century.

    We're peeling back the layers of this epic melodrama where forbidden love meets ghostly whispers. Maruja, destined for a loveless marriage, pulls the ultimate bridezilla move with a tragic twist, promising a love revival a hundred years later. Does her reincarnated self, Cristy, get a supernatural second shot at a happily ever after? Or is she just experiencing some seriously vintage déjà vu?

    Tune in for a spectral analysis of love, betrayal, and the kind of romantic antics that only a century of longing can brew. Let's decode why Maruja's story keeps resurrecting in Filipino pop culture—because who doesn't like a good old-fashioned love story that refuses to die?

    Correction:  You CAN get divorced in the Philippines but only if you are Muslim, per the Code of Muslim Personal Laws of 1977. 



    The Gods Must Be Crazy is a podcast on Philippine Mythology hosted by friends Anama Dimapilis and Ice Lacsamana, avid mythology nerds and semi-professional gossips. Follow us over at @godsmustbecrazy.pod on Instagram and Facebook for more good stuff. We welcome any suggestions on future topics or episodes.  You can also join us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thegodsmustbecrazypodcast.

    You can also find us on Youtube – Gods Must Be Crazy Podcast channel, where we post some of our episodes and interviews. For other inquiries, please email us at godsmustbecrazy.pod@gmail.com

    The intro and outro music is by Brian O’Reilly (@dendriform on Instagram).



    References/Further Reading:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maruja 

    https://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2014/02/14/1290145/enduring-appeal-maruja

    https://www.balita.ca/darna-dyesebel-and-maruja/ 

    https://www.gmanetwork.com/lifestyle/news/109250/tiktok-user-goes-viral-for-finding-her-look-alike-at-the-national-museum/story


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    • 35 min
    50: O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU | Indarapatra & Sulayman, a Maguindanao Epic

    50: O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU | Indarapatra & Sulayman, a Maguindanao Epic

    50: O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? | Indarapatra & Sulayman, A Maguindanao Epic

    How many brothers does it take to kill five monsters & bring an entire civilization out from hiding?

    In our 50th episode, we cover the epic tale of Indarapatra and Sulayman, two gallant brothers whose heroics helped the people of Maguindanao (the precursor modern-day Mindanao). This set the foundation for a civilization and culture so strong they were able to flourish and put up incredible resistance across centuries of Spanish invasion.

    This epic story has everything: from self-driving boats, A.I.-powered weapons, surveillance trees to a literal man-made stove-top. Join us as we look to understand possible historical precursors to this tale, while trying to disentangle the epic figure of Raja Sulayman from his historical counterpart, one of the last great rulers of Old Manila.



    The Gods Must Be Crazy is a podcast on Philippine Mythology hosted by friends Anama Dimapilis and Ice Lacsamana, avid mythology nerds and semi-professional gossips. Follow us over at @godsmustbecrazy.pod on Instagram and Facebook for more good stuff. We welcome any suggestions on future topics or episodes.  You can also join us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thegodsmustbecrazypodcast.

    You can also find us on Youtube – Gods Must Be Crazy Podcast channel, where we post some of our episodes and interviews. For other inquiries, please email us at godsmustbecrazy.pod@gmail.com

    The intro and outro music is by Brian O’Reilly (@dendriform on Instagram).



    References/Further Reading:


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maguindanao_people#Culture
    https://sharjahart.org/sharjah-art-foundation/people/saleeby-najeeb-m
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Najeeb_Mitry_Saleeby
    https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1710/rajah-indara-patra-and-the-dragons-a-mindanao-legend
    https://morohistorylawandreligion.wordpress.com/chapter-01/history-of-magindanao/magindanao-history-and-genealogies/the-mythology-of-mindanao/
    https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/the-legends-of-the-sarimanok/
    https://sacred-texts.com/asia/pft/pft47.htm
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajah_Sulayman
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/1497353


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    49: HE WILL ROCK YOU | Bernardo Carpio, the Lost Hero of the Tagalogs

    49: HE WILL ROCK YOU | Bernardo Carpio, the Lost Hero of the Tagalogs

    49: HE WILL ROCK  YOU | Bernardo Carpio, the Lost Hero of the Tagalogs



    In this seismic episode, we're cracking open the legend of Bernardo Carpio, the mythical giant (or man-sized hero, depending on who you ask) whose shrugs supposedly cause earthquakes. From his tangled roots in forbidden love to his epic showdowns, Carpio's story is more than just a tale – it's a tectonic narrative of resistance and resilience.

    But wait, it's not all about muscle, might, and mountain-sized struggles. Dive into the pre-colonial origins and find out how an alligator ties into this earth-shattering saga.

    We'll also explore how this hero’s tale has morphed into a symbol of freedom against oppressors, from Spanish colonizers to modern-day challenges. Are we still waiting for Carpio to break free and usher in an era of justice? Or is he just a mythic reminder to keep fighting the good fight?

    Buckle up for a mythological adventure that's going to rock your world – hopefully only metaphorically.



    The Gods Must Be Crazy is a podcast on Philippine Mythology hosted by friends Anama Dimapilis and Ice Lacsamana, avid mythology nerds and semi-professional gossips. Follow us over at @godsmustbecrazy.pod on Instagram and Facebook for more good stuff. We welcome any suggestions on future topics or episodes.  You can also join us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thegodsmustbecrazypodcast.

    You can also find us on Youtube – Gods Must Be Crazy Podcast channel, where we post some of our episodes and interviews. For other inquiries, please email us at godsmustbecrazy.pod@gmail.com

    The intro and outro music is by Brian O’Reilly (@dendriform on Instagram).



    References/Further Reading:

    Eugenio, Damiana (2002). Philippine Folk Literature: The Legends. University of the Philippines Press. pp. 4–5. ISBN 971-542-357-4.

    "Ang Alamat ni Bernardo Carpio: A Philippine Legendary Hero". The Katig Group. January 5, 2006. Retrieved January 13, 2007.

    "The Valley Fault System". Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. Archived from the original on March 7, 2007. Retrieved January 15, 2007.

    Ocampo, Ambeth (August 17, 2007). "Looking Back: Natural calamities". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on September 21, 2007.

    http://www.philippinestamps.net/RP2012-Carpio.htm


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    • 52 min
    48: CACAO ME MAYBE | Maria Cacao, the Golden Ship-bourne Goddess of Mount Lantoy

    48: CACAO ME MAYBE | Maria Cacao, the Golden Ship-bourne Goddess of Mount Lantoy

    48: CACAO ME MAYBE | Maria Cacao, the Golden Ship-bourne Goddess of Mount Lantoy 



    In the last of our “Walang Kamatayan” Series, we take a delicious detour into the land of chocolate with Maria Cacao.  Brace yourselves for a mystical ride with Maria Cacao, the goddess with a penchant for golden ships and chocolatey ventures. This episode sails through the legend of Maria Cacao – from her curious Spanish makeover to her eerie, yet glamorous, soul-harvesting escapades.

    But wait, there’s a dark twist! Dive into tales of ghost ships and post-disaster sightings. Is Maria Cacao just a harbinger of doom, or a symbol of resilience in the face of tragedy?

    So, grab your favorite hot chocolate sikwate (hot cocoa), and join us for a journey where folklore meets reality, and myths get a modern twist!



    The Gods Must Be Crazy is a podcast on Philippine Mythology hosted by friends Anama Dimapilis and Ice Lacsamana, avid mythology nerds and semi-professional gossips. Follow us over at @godsmustbecrazy.pod on Instagram and Facebook for more good stuff. We welcome any suggestions on future topics or episodes.  You can also join us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thegodsmustbecrazypodcast.

    You can also find us on Youtube – Gods Must Be Crazy Podcast channel, where we post some of our episodes and interviews. For other inquiries, please email us at godsmustbecrazy.pod@gmail.com

    The intro and outro music is by Brian O’Reilly (@dendriform on Instagram).



    References/Further Reading:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Cacao

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CDwBdvTKUo&t=7s

    https://www.mycebu.ph/article/philippine-chocolate-queen-raquel-choa/

    https://discover.hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/The-Enchantress-Maria-Cacao-and-Her-Golden-Ghost-ShipThe-Mountain-Goddesses-of-the-Philippines-Part-3 

    https://www.facebook.com/DTI.Cebu/photos/a.3522343797989900/3521217668102513/?type=3

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate_industry_in_the_Philippines

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl6dYdEqlqQ&t=4s


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    47: MARRY MY DEAD BODY | Ghost Marriage Practices Around the World

    47: MARRY MY DEAD BODY | Ghost Marriage Practices Around the World

    47: MARRY MY DEAD BODY | Ghost Marriage Practices Around the World



    We’ve all heard stories of love living on after death, but is it possible for love to BEGIN after death?

    In this episode, we veer slightly off the beaten path and explore the little-known practice of Ghost Marriage. Finding its roots in ancient China and India, you would be surprised to learn that the practice still lives on in various forms to this day: in provinces in rural China and India and in Chinese diaspora communities around the world. 

    How exactly can a marriage take place when both parties are no longer living? How does one go about finding a match in the afterlife? How can a practice meant to ensure the happiness of departed loved ones lead to greed, grave-robbery, and even murder?



    The Gods Must Be Crazy is a podcast on Philippine Mythology hosted by friends Anama Dimapilis and Ice Lacsamana, avid mythology nerds and semi-professional gossips. Follow us over at @godsmustbecrazy.pod on Instagram and Facebook for more good stuff. We welcome any suggestions on future topics or episodes.  You can also join us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thegodsmustbecrazypodcast.

    You can also find us on Youtube – Gods Must Be Crazy Podcast channel, where we post some of our episodes and interviews. For other inquiries, please email us at godsmustbecrazy.pod@gmail.com

    The intro and outro music is by Brian O’Reilly (@dendriform on Instagram).



    References/Further Reading:

    https://www.ancient-origins.net/weird-facts/posthumous-marriage-0018586 

    https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/ghost-marriages-love-living-and-deceased-003658

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/5d33ez/dead-babies-married-decades-after-their-deaths-india

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7vey8/livestream-ghost-marriage

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37103447

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/04/china-imprisons-men-ghost-marriage-corpse-bride

    https://coconuts.co/singapore/features/secret-city-have-you-been-to-a-ghost-wedding-in-singapore/

    The Ghost Bride Book: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/16248223 

    The Ghost Bride Series (Netflix): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9690302/ 

    The Ghost Bride Film (Philippines): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7582830/ 

    Marry My Dead Body Film (Netflix): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt22742964/ 

    Note/s: While Marry My Dead Body (2022 Film) does indeed feature queer themes, it is, sadly, more of a comedy than a romance. Yeah, we know, we’re disappointed, too.




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    • 1 hr 9 min
    46: UNDER THE SEA | Magwayen, the Hiligaynon Goddess of the Underworld and of the Sea

    46: UNDER THE SEA | Magwayen, the Hiligaynon Goddess of the Underworld and of the Sea

    46: UNDER THE SEA | Magwayen, the Hiligaynon Goddess of the Underworld and of the Sea

    Talk about a career shift!  How does a Goddess who co-created humanity (the first ever collab) end up being a psychopomp and ruler of the underworld?  What in pre-colonial Visayan belief would make you end up in the “good place,” and what do crocodiles have to do with it?

    In this episode, we learn about Magwayen’s quite unexpected journey, her family, the traditions of the pre-colonial Visayans, dragon battles, and her magical shells.  We also dive into (pun intended) Magwayen’s depictions in modern day and how she still continues to inspire from the depths of the underworld and sea. 



    The Gods Must Be Crazy is a podcast on Philippine Mythology hosted by friends Anama Dimapilis and Ice Lacsamana, avid mythology nerds and semi-professional gossips. Follow us over at @godsmustbecrazy.pod on Instagram and Facebook for more good stuff. We welcome any suggestions on future topics or episodes.  You can also join us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thegodsmustbecrazypodcast.

    You can also find us on Youtube – Gods Must Be Crazy Podcast channel, where we post some of our episodes and interviews. For other inquiries, please email us at godsmustbecrazy.pod@gmail.com

    The intro and outro music is by Brian O’Reilly (@dendriform on Instagram).



    References/Further Reading:

    https://www.hellapinay.com/article/2016/11/16/magwayen-bisayan-goddess-of-the-sea

    Visayan Myths of the Philippines, Pinoy-Culture, Philippine Folklore Stories by John Maurice Miller 

    https://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/how-the-visayans-honored-the-dead 

    https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/300558/how-ancient-visayans-revered-the-dead 

    https://vizayanmyths.blogspot.com/2013/05/magwayen-maguayan.html 

    https://diwatahan.tumblr.com/post/145514840518/b-i-s-a-y-a-n-m-y-t-h-o-l-o-g-y-s-e-r-i-e-s

    https://tl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magwayen 

    https://www.tipplehampercompany.com/gin-bottles/psychopomp-magwayen-gin/

    https://www.instagram.com/magwayenbistro/`


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    • 1 hr

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