[INDOLOGY] Sanskrit in the Philippines

sennicolas sennicolas at gmail.com
Thu Nov 18 03:13:30 UTC 2021

Greetings!  The best sources on Sanskrit in the Philippines are the
writings of my teacher, Prof. Juan Francisco.  If you search on Google
Scholar "Juan Francisco Sanskrit Philippines" one can get all the titles of
his work, in addition to others.  Prof. Francisco finished his PhD at
University of Madras

On Thu, Nov 18, 2021 at 8:57 AM Dean Michael Anderson via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> A few decades ago I was in the Philippines and a professor there told me
> that the native Filipino languages had some words that originated with
> Sanskrit. He was not interested in Indology really, and this was long
> before Hindutva, so I don't think it's due to exaggerated cultural
> nationalism. I was only able to find one brief reference in a book there
> that said that their word for 'teacher' came from 'guru'. The Sanskrit
> influence was apparently later mostly effaced due to Islam and Christianity.
> As most people here are well aware, there was significant Hindu influence
> in Bali and the rest of Southeast Asia. So the Philippines is not beyond
> the imagination.
> Are there any reliable sources that talk about the extent to which Hindu
> or Buddhist culture may have reached the Philippines?
> Best,
> Dean
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