A MEBUYAN encounter with the indigenous feminist discourse reveals so many faces of the woman.
In her article from the “Womb of the Mebuyan,” Vivien Nobles reaffirms the power of the indigenous woman. “Mebuyan is the earth goddess depicted in the Bagobo myth as a beautiful pregnant woman whose body is covered all over with breasts and nipples. As earth goddess she is the mother who nurses all dead babies in the underworld. This definitely makes Mebuyan a fertility goddess, one whose creative activities never cease in the eternal cycles of life and death.”
As I honor the women who nurtured this Earth, I honor the Mebuyan in each one of us, the Earth goddess, nurturing, mother, life-giver. Nobles wrote that “The earthly wisdom of the indigenous peoples is now being reaffirmed. One insight to this wisdom is the reverence that the Tibetans have for the highest mountain peak of the Himalayas. The sacred mountain is called Chama Lomma, the Mother of the Universe. Likewise, the earth is Gaia, the Earth Goddess, Mother of all.”