Philippine Folk-Tales eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 222 pages of information about Philippine Folk-Tales.

Now, the god was angry at Wari because he would not let him open his belly.  And the god told Wari to go home, and take his dogs with him.  First the god fixed some food for Wari to eat on his journey.  Then he took meadow-grass (karan), and tied the long blades together, making a line long enough to reach down to earth.  He tied Wari and the dogs to one end of the line; but before he lowered the rope, he said to Wari, “Do not eat while you are up in the air, for if you eat, it will set your dogs to quarrelling.  If I hear the sound of dogs fighting, I shall let go the rope.”

But while Wari hung in the air, he got very hungry, and, although he had been let down only about a third of the distance from heaven to earth, he took some of his food and ate it.  Immediately the dogs began to fight.  Then Diwata in the sky heard the noise, and he dropped the rope of meadow-grass.  Then Wari fell down, down; but he did not strike the ground, for he was caught in the branches of the tree called lanipo.  It was a tall tree, and Wari could not get down.  He began to utter cries; and all night he kept crying, “Aro-o-o-o-i!” Then he turned into a kulago-bird. [56] At night, when you hear the call of the kulago-bird, you know that it is the voice of Wari.

The kulago-bird has various sorts of feathers, feathers of all kinds of birds and chickens; it has the hair of all animals and the hair of man.  This bird lives in very high trees at night, and you cannot see it.  You cannot catch it.  Yet the old men know a story about a kulago-bird once having been caught while it was building its nest.  But this was after there came to be many people on the earth.

The three dogs went right along back to Wari’s house.  They found Wari’s sister and two brothers at home, and staid there with them.  After a while, the woman and her two brothers had many children.

“In the beginning,” say the old men, “brother and sister would marry each other, just like pigs.  This was a very bad custom.”

How Man Turned into a Monkey

Before the world was made, the monkey looked like man, and was called manobo, [57] and was actually human.  But after the world and people were made, the monkey took its present form.

When people began to live in the world, they had many children.  One man was called Lumabat.  His father had a number of children, so that Lumabat had many brothers and sisters.

One day a brother of Lumabat was climbing up over the roof, and in his hand he had a long ladle made of cocoanut-shell.  He held the ladle behind his back, at the base of his spine, until by and by a tail began to grow.  The ladle had turned into a tail, and presently Lumabat’s brother became a monkey.  After that, a few other people turned into monkeys.  But all this came about before Lumabat went to heaven.

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