Anito

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anito In Guam and the Philippines, an idol, fetich, or spirit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anito An ancestral spirit worshiped as a protecting household deity by the pagan Malay peoples of the Philippine Islands, and frequently represented by an image of wood or other material which is carefully preserved.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

Girls as well as boys may receive during childhood two or three names, that they may receive the protection of an anito.
"The Bontoc Igorot" by Albert Ernest Jenks
He has also furnished numerous examples of Anito cult surviving in Christian communities.
"The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes" by Tomás de Comyn
Anito, anito, the anito holds.
"The Tinguian" by Fay-Cooper Cole
This invocation of the anito continued as long as the sickness lasted.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803, Volume V., 1582-1583" by Various
Use is also made of other remedies to supplement the ministrations of the manga-anito.
"Negritos of Zambales" by William Allan Reed
The Visayans called them divata, and the Tagalogs anito.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
They practise family prayer, and the object of it is to solicit the favour of the Anitos.
"The Inhabitants of the Philippines" by Frederic H. Sawyer
They had receptacles like charity-boxes, in which they put what they offered the anito.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume 30 of 55" by Antonio Alvarez de Abreu
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In news:

Video of Trooper Charles Van Morgan, who on November 26, 2011, pursued a speeding driver Gordon Kyle Anito in North Knox County.
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