Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Creation


                                                  

                         





An Igorot Folk Tale

                In the beginning there were no people on the earth.Lumawig the Great Spirit, came down from the sky and cut many reeds. He divided these into pairs which he placed in different parts of the world, and then he said to them, :You must speak." Immediately the reeds became people, and in each place was a man and a woman who could talk, but the language of each couple differed from that of others.

               Then Lumawig commanded that each man and woman marry, which they did. By and by there were many children, all speaking the same language as their parents. These, in turn married and had many children. In this way there came to be many people on the earth.

               Now Lumawig saw that there were several things which the people on the earth needed to use, so he set to work to supply them. He created salt, and told the inhabitants of one place to boil it down and sell it to their neighbors. But these people could not understand the directions of the Great Spirit and the next time he visited them, they had not touched the salt.

              Then he took it away from them and gave it to the people called Mayinit. These did as he directed, and because of this he told them that they should always be owners of the salt, and that the other people must buy from them.

             Then Lumawig went to the people of Bontoc, and told them to get clay and make pots. They got the clay, but they did not understand the moulding, and the jars were not well shaped. Because      of their failure, Lumawig told them that they would always have to buy jars and he moved the pottery to Samoki. When he told the people there what to do, they did just as he said, and their jars were well shaped and beautiful. Then the Great Spirit saw that they were fit owners of the poetry, and told them that they should always make many jars to sell.

            In this way Lumawig taught the people and brought to themall the things which they now have.

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