How old words can reveal new meaning

Decolonizing the negative meanings of an old tradition

The following is from Sanskrit Origins of Bathala and Bahala at, written around 2013 at an old blog, and excerpted in Wikipedia.

“There are many people who believe the phrase bahala na originates from the Tagalog word Bathala, which means “supreme divine being” It’s easy to see and hear why this would be because the spelling and sound of the two words are very similar, differentiated by the use of the letter and sound of “t” within the word. But in fact, the word…