Thus although a considerable part of central and south-eastern Asia became flourishing centers of Indian culture, they were seldom subjects to the regime of any Indian king or conquerors and hardly witnessed the horrors and havocs of any Indian military campaign.They were perfectly free, politically and economically and their people representing an integration of Indian and indigenous elements had no links with any Indian state and looked upon India as a holy land rather than a motherland a land of pilgrimage and not an area of jurisdiction."It is impossible to believe that the Hindus, if they came only as merchants, however great their number, would have impressed themselves in such a way as to give to these islanders, the Philippines, the number and the kind of words, which they did give.
Indian christian women and men are waiting for you.
These names of dignitaries, of caciques, of high functionaries of the court, of noble ladies, indicate that these high positions, with names of origin, were occupied at one time by men, who spoke that language. Contacts between India and the Philippines could be traced back to Malay culture, which has a clear imprint of Indian influence.
The words of similar origin, for objects of war, fortresses and battle songs, for designating objects of religious beliefs, for superstitions, emotions, feelings, industrial and farming activities, show us clearly that the warfare, religion, literature, industry and agriculture were at One of the most ancient and most extensively studied Sanskrit inscriptions from the Indochina peninsula is the so called 'Vo canh' text, found near to Nha Trang. Archaeological evidence suggests that the two countries had trade relations as early as the beginning of the Christian era.
The sculpture is a good example of the originality of so many of the images carved by the neighboring Champa sculptors.
Spanish clergy were very destructive of local religious practices in the Philippines.
They systematically destroyed indigenous holy places and 'idols', or statues and representations of indigenous spirits, gods or goddesses.