How the World Was Created (Panayan)

27 Jun

        One of the stories about the creation of the world, which the old folks of Panay, especially those living near the mountain, do not tire relating, tells us that in the beginning there was no heaven or earth—only a bottomless deep and a world of mist. Everything was shapeless and formless—the earth, the sky, the sea, and the air were almost all mixed up.

         Then from the depth of this formless void, there appeared two gods, —Tungkung Langit and Alunsina. Just where the two deities came from it was not known. However, it is related that Tungkung Langit fell in love with Alunsina and, after so many years of courtship, they got married and had their abode in the highest realm of the eternal space where the water was constantly warm and the 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, Alunsina was a lazy, jealous, and selfish goddess whose only work was to sit by the window of their heavenly home, and amuse herself with her pointless thoughts. Sometimes, she would go down from 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 wife that he would be away from home for sometime to put an end to the chaotic disturbances in the flow of time and in the position of things. The jealous Alunsina, however, sent the sea breeze to spy on Tungkung Langit. This made the latter very angry upon knowing about it.

           Immediately after his return from the trip, he called this act to her attention saying that 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 Alunsina, and a quarrel between them followed.

           Tungkung Langit lost his temper. In this rage, he divested his wife of powers and drove her away. No one knew where Alunsina went; she merely disappeared.

           Several days after Alunsina left, however, Tungkung Langit felt very lonely. He realized what he had done. Somehow, it was too late even to be sorry about the whole matter. The whole place once vibrant with Alunsina‘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 came home, he would feel the same loneliness creeping deep in his heart because there was no one 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 Alunsina, try hard as he would. And so, in his 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 have to do something about his loneliness.

            One day, while he was sailing across the regions of the clouds, a thought came to him. He would make a big basin of water below the sky so that he can see the image of his wife, if she were just somewhere in the regions above. And lo! The sea appeared. However, Alunsina was never seen.

            After a long time, the somber sight of the lonely sea irritated Tungkung Langit. So he came down to the Middleworld and created the land; then he planted this with grasses, trees, and flowers. He took his wife‘s treasured jewels and scattered them in the sky, hoping that when Alunsina 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 Alunsina did not come back.

            And up to this time, the folks in Panay say that Tungkung Langit is alone in his palace in the skies. Sometimes, he would cry out of his pent-up emotions and his tears would fall down upon the earth. The people say that rain is Tungkung Langit‘s tears and that is why in some localities in the island of Panay, the first rain in May is received with much rejoicing and sacrifice. Incidentally, when it thunders hard, the old folks also say that it is Tungkung Langit sobbing, calling for his beloved Alunsina to come back – entreating her so hard that his voice thunders across the fields and countryside.


Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Uncategorized


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9 responses to “How the World Was Created (Panayan)

  1. Erjill Ignacio

    July 3, 2012 at 7:26 am

    mam ok na po,,salamat po

  2. allona antonnette caya

    July 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

    ang dmi mam……bkit mam may hlong pag ka science,,,

  3. allona antonnette caya

    July 3, 2012 at 11:06 am

    mam pede rin po bng ipa xerox ung blood type,,,kc mam npasama sa xerox,,,heheheh

  4. allona antonnette caya

    July 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

    bkit prang wla pang nag cocomment ha,,,

  5. Baby_Black29

    July 3, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Thanks *^_^* sa info ng Story

  6. regine marie albao

    July 15, 2014 at 8:54 am

    thank you very much .. because may teacher said we will bring the ending of that story i learn more

  7. Anndrian Aquino Dalusung

    July 16, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    thank you very much 🙂

  8. joshua

    August 3, 2014 at 10:32 am

    what the plot of this story

  9. menejazz agente

    October 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    oh my myth!
    so figurative in tone,style,choosing of words and etc.
    i luv it
    OMM instead of OMG


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