Below are the words of bahay (life), buhay (life), bayan (nation or country), and bayani (hero) spelled in baybayin.
Notice the similarities and differences between the words such as bahay and buhay (home and life) and bayan and bayani (nation and hero), and how their meanings are inter-related.
Below is another slide that shows further examinations of various baybayin spellings of Filipino words: Bathala (God), babae (female), lalaki (male), and again---bahay (life), buhay (life), bayan (nation or country), and bayani (hero).
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Bahay, Buhay, Bathala is an attempt to understand the relationship between sexuality (male and female principles) and spirituality. The baybayin, our ancient writing system is used as a tool for analysis. The word Bathala which is written [in the above way] in our ancient writing is interpreted that the BA stand for babae (female) and the LA stand for lalaki (male). This has been interpreted to mean that Bathala is neither man nor woman, but possesses the qualities of both genders. HA is like a wave, a bird or the wind. One can easily interpret this as the symbol for the spirit.
This module was presented at the conference for Pambansang Samahan ng Sikolohiyang Pilipino (November 2001). The presentation theme was “Psychology of Sexuality and Spirituality of the Filipino.”