The demigod Baybayan had warned his 13 favorite disciples that a time of various trials was coming. When pressed for details he explained that the time in question would be heralded by the rising of two suns in the east.
Next an enormous boar with sharp quills all over its body would appear and blot out both suns with its gigantic form. The world would be plunged into darkness and many would die before the creature – called the Makadingding – could be slain.
After the death of the monumentally large beast its meat would be shared with the hundreds of Baybayan’s followers in a big communal meal. Following that feast the supreme deity Magbabaya would send a huge craft down from Skyland, the celestial home of the gods.
That craft would be called the Salimbal and all of Baybayan’s followers would board the vessel, which would then depart on a danger-filled trip to Skyland. Once there Baybayan’s many disciples would live in happiness for the rest of eternity.
Human nature being what it is the hundreds of followers of Baybayan disregarded the looming menace of the Makadingding and the dangerous journey to Skyland, preferring instead to focus on the glorious happiness they would know in that realm of the gods.
The disciples froliced, danced, sang and told tales of the gods, especially their fondness for Earth-women. Troubled by this thought, many of Baybayan’s male disciples proposed marriage to their sweethearts to make sure they didn’t lose them to gods once in Skyland.
Baybayan blessed many marriages in the following days. At length the only wedding ceremony left to be performed was the one marrying the demigod’s favorite disciple Alisngaran to his beloved.
Unfortunately, on the morning of the ceremony the two suns spoken of by Baybayan rose in the east. Soon, the massive, menacing form of the Makadingding obscured those suns and plunged the world into darkness.
Alisngaran’s wedding would need to be put off until the world-threatening gigantic boar could be dealt with. +++
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