Etymology of Malay berhala

Richard Parker richardparker01 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Jan 23 03:21:37 UTC 2009

'Bathala' (the supreme god of the Filipino Tagalog) is very close to 'berhala', and may have the same etymological origin. 
However, the name of the 'Supreme God' in other Filipino groups is entirely different. 
So this may (just) reflect the influence of quite recent Malay immigration into the Philippines 
Reminds me a bit of the progress from YHWH to 'Jehovah'
best regards
Richard Parker
Siargao Island, Philippines
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