Tried searching this here if naa naka post nani. No Results. What do you think about this? So far this confirms the lingering question of the term Visaya/Visayas as it resembles Hindi/Indian so are the titles "DATU and RAJAH" originating from Sanskrit meaning Prince or Ruler.
Who are the Visayans and where do they come from?
Before 500 AD, there are no known archaeological findings of native Southeast Asian Malay inscriptions. Thus, we have to rely on Chinese documents about Southeast Asia. Their records tell of five Southeast Asian states sending trade missions to South China between 430 to 473 AD. After that, the one known by its Chinese toponym Kan-t'o-li prevailed over its neighbors. Historian O.W. Wolters believes that this state was established near Palembang, Sumatra in the second century. Trade stopped during the 500's due to civil strife in China, and Kantoli was never heard of again. Inscriptions in Old Malay appear after 500 AD, notably in Sumatra, Banka Island, Java and the Malay Peninsula. Eight states emerged to resume trade with South China starting 608 AD but by 670 only one remained,Shihli-fo-shih. Artifacts dated 775 AD from the Ligor isthmus of the Malay Peninsula, asexamined by Southeast Asian history pioneer George Coedus, determined that the state known to the Chinese as Shihlifoshih
was the same as Sri Vishaya
Visayan Royal Couple wearing the distinctive color of his class (red).
More illustrations of ancient Filipinos circa 1500's here.
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...Chinese monk I Tsing noted during his travels from 671-695 AD that Sri Vishaya practiced Mahayana Buddhism. If there is a direct link between the Sri Vishaya and the Bisaya of the Philippines, why does the latter show no traces of the Buddhist faith? Only the Vishaya aristocracy adhered to Mahayana
. In spite of Mahayana's headstart, it was Hinayana that had greater success in the Southeast Asian mainland. The rest of Vishaya, probably ninety percent, remained animists. This explains the unencumbered spread of Islam later on. The migration of Visayans from the Malay Archipelago to Visayas in the Philippines must have consisted of animists.
Maitreya Buddha or 'Bodhisattva of the future'. Srivijayan art 9th-10th century
Vishaya established trading outposts in Taiwan. It makes it easy to suppose then that some of them migrated to the Philippines and settled in what is now the Visayas. So where was their first settlement? Probably in Cebu. Possibly not Bohol because some native arts there resemble the Bukidnon's in Mindanao. Negros likewise had sizable remnants of the Bukidnons until recently. Panay has a large population of Karay-as and Aklanons who may antedate the Visayans. Among its neighbors, Cebu seems to have had a Visayan identity for the longest time.
Three major ethnic groups call themselves Bisaya and their language Binisaya. They are the Ilongo, Cebuano and Waray. No matter that they speak three separate languages and have three distinct identities, still they are collectively known as Bisaya. Cebuano may be the purest form of Binisaya
. Ilongo root words are mostly Cebuano, with a significant admixture of Tagalog.
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Srivijaya Empire was succeeded by another thassalocratic empire the Majapahit
1293-1500. Ang remnants ani nila mao siguro na ang nakit-an sa mga early Spanish explorers. ie Rajahs Humabon and another native leader, Sri Lumay (Rajamuda Lumaya
) whose son ruled ancient Singapore or Singhapala
also deriving from Sanskrit language.