Monday, June 25, 2007

TUNGKUNG LANGIT & ALUSINA (panay-visayan)

Once of the stories about the creation of the world, which the old people of Panay, especially to those living near to the mountains, do not tire relating, tells that in the beginning there was no sky or earth - only a bottomless deep and in a world of mist. Everything was shapeless and formless - the earth, the sky, the sea and the air were almost mixed up. In a word, there was no confusion.

Then from the depth of this formless void, there appeard two gods, Tungkung Langit " Pillar of the Sky " and Alusina " The unmarried One ". Just when these two deities came from, it was not known. However, it was related that Tungkung Langit had fallen in love with Alusina ; and after so many years of courtship, they got married and had their abode in the highest realm of ethereal space, where the water was constantly warm and breeze was forever cool. It was in this place where order and regularity first took place.

Tungkung Langit was an industrious, loving and kind god whose chief concern was how to impose order over the whole confused set-up of things. He assumed responsibility for the regular cosmic movement. On the other hand, Alusina was a lazy, jealous and selfish goddess whose only work was to sit by the window of their heavenly home and asume herself with her pointless thoughts. Sometimes, she would go down the house, sit down by a pool near their doorstep, and comb her long jet-black hair all day long.

One day, Tungkung Langit told his wifethat he would be awy from home for sometimes to put an end to the chaotic disturbances in the flow of time and in the position of things. However despite this purpose, Alunsina sent the breeze to spy on Tungkung Langit. This made the latter very angry upon knowing about it.
Immediately after his return from his trip, he called this to her attention, saying it was ungodly of her to be jealous , there being no other creature living in the world except the two of them. This reproach was resented by Alusina and a quarel between them followed. Tungkung Langit loose his temper. In his range, he divested his wife of powers and drove her away. He did not know where Alusina went; she merely disappeard.
Several days after Alusina had left, Tungkung Langit felt very lonely. He realized what he had done. Somehow, it was too late even to be sorry about thewhole matter. The whole place, once vibrant with Alusina's sweet voice, suddenly became cold and desolate. In the morning when he woke up, he would find himself alone; and in the afternoon when he became home, he would feel the same loneliness creeping deep in his heart because there was no to meet him at the doorstep or soothe the aching muscles of his arms.
For months, Tungkung Langit lived in utter desolation. he could not find Alusina, try hard as he would. Ans so, in desperation, he decided to do something in order to forget his sorrows. For months and months he thought. His mind seemed pointless; his heart weary and sick. But he must do something about his lonely world.

One day, while he was sailing across the region of the clouds, a thought came to him. He would make the sea and the earth and lo!the earth and the sea appeard. However, the somber sights of the lonely sea and the barren land irritated him. So he came down to earth and planted the ground with tres and flowers. Then he took his wife's treasured jewels and scattered them into the sky hoping that when Alusina would see them she might be induced to return home. The goddess' necklace became the stars, her comb the moon and her crown the sun. However, despite all these, Alusina did not came back.

Up to this time, the old folk says Tungkung Langit livrs alone in his palace in the skies. Sometimes, he would cry out his pent -up emotion and his tears would fall down upon the earth. The people in panay today say that rain is Tungkung Langit's tears. Incidentally, when when its thunder hard, the old also folk say that it is Tungkung Langit sobbing, calling for his beloved alusina to come back, entreating her so hard that his voice reverberaes across the fields and countryside.

melvi mae calvo bn2r
ira lean espiriru bn2r
regine claire espanueva
honey J-rose jalandoni
jansen phillip rojo

3 comments:

roofmentors said...

comment :
In this myth has a creator named " Pillar of the Sky ". He fight his love but its too late for him to relize on what he had done to his wife Alusina. The similarities of both is they are married, the same tragic ending and not successfully to fight their love.

melvi mae calvo bn2r

joshua bautista said...

pinag aaraln namin yan

Norman Cruz said...

Wow, This is Our Lesson