from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In Guam and the Philippines, an idol, fetich, or spirit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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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Now, with their new religious ideas, the Tagáls apply the term anito to any superstition, false worship, idol, etc.
They had idols in their houses, called anito, and by the Visayans, diuata.
Since the anito is the cause of all bodily afflictions the chief function of the person who battles for the health of the afflicted is that of the exorcist, rather than that of the therapeutist.
Among these women, one who was a leader claimed that her anito was a very close friend of the anito of the Christians and had descended to the earth from heaven.
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 — Volume 12 of 55 1601-1604 Explorations by Early Navigators, Descriptions of the Islands and Their Peoples, Their History and Records of the Catholic Missions, as Related in Contemporaneous Books and Manuscripts, Showing the Political, Economic, Commercial and Religious Conditions of Those Islands from Their Earliest Relations with European Nations to the Close of the Nineteenth Century
[Stanley does not translate this paragraph of the text.]  It appears that the natives called anito a tutelary genius, either of the family, or extraneous to it.
Where troubled with conceptions of "anito" or "diwata" it is almost certain that he has been learning at the feet of some demon-worshipping Malayan.
Two men in Sabangan and one each in Genugan and Takong -- all western pueblos -- manufacture metal "anito" pipes.
They closed the old man's eyes, washed his body and on it put the blue burial robe with the white "anito" figures woven in it as a stripe.
The ko'-mis is built along all Bontoc war trails, though no others are known having the "anito" heads.
"anito" pipe puts days of toil on the metal, smoothing and perfecting it by cleaning and digging out the design until it becomes really a beautiful bit of primitive art.
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