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In Philippine mythology, a Diwata are benevolent or neutral spirits and they are invoked ritually for positive crop growth, health, and fortune; they may also incur illness or misfortune if not given proper respect. The term "diwata" has taken on various levels of meaning since its concept's assimilation into the mythology of the pre-colonial Filipinos. It is sometimes loosely used to refer to a generic type of beings much like "elf" or "fairy," or very specific ones as mentioned above. It has been noted that the term "diwata" is synonymous to "anito," and that the usage of the word "diwata" is more prevalent in the Southern Philippines, while "anito" takes its place in the Northern areas.
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