BAYBAYAN: PHILIPPINE EPIC MYTH PART THREE

Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of this epic myth of the Bukidnon people of the Philippines.

PART THREE

MindanaoWith Alisngaran’s wedding to his beloved postponed by the rising of the dual suns and the arrival of the mountain- sized boar called the Makadingding, that most valued disciple of the demigod Baybayan was filled with sorrow. Other couples among Baybayan’s hundreds of disciples had gotten married already. Baybayan assured Alisngaran that he and his woman could get married once arrived in Skyland, the home of the gods, but the loving couple were still despondent. 

Alisngaran and his intended bride announced they would rather stay on Earth among the unblessed rather than risk getting separated or getting killed unwed in the dangerous journey to Skyland. Baybayan was saddened by this but he agreed to let them stay behind and exempted Alisngaran from any further actions on his behalf.

Meanwhile the Makadingding was still running amok and killing everything in its path. With Alisngaran “retired” that left twelve remaining members of Baybayan’s inner circle of disciples. He sent that dozen into action, pitting their spears and kampilan swords against the enormous boar. As the battle raged three of them wound up getting devoured by the creature and three more were killed by the Makadingding’s tusks, tail and spiny quills.   

At this point Baybayan feared that the remaining six of his most accomplished acolytes might also be slain by the marauding monster and ordered them to retreat. (“Run away! Run away!”) The demigod sent for Alisngaran, whom he promised full honors of the blessed along with his betrothed even though they remained on Earth. In return Alisngaran had to slay the Makadingding.

Accepting those terms, that most beloved disciple of Baybayan went off to face the Makadingding and, after a mammoth battle, succeeded in piercing the creature’s heart with his spear. The monster fell, lifting the darkness on the land and revealing just one sun instead of two. With the beast dead, Baybayan fulfilled the rest of the prophecy by having his hundreds of followers feast on the meat of the boar- monster. The demigod even allowed Alisngaran and his intended to eat of the meat even though they would not be coming along for the journey to Skyland. 

Bahinan, a misbehaving little girl who was the daughter of one of Baybayan’s disciples, sulked that her share of the Makadingding’s meat was too small. Though this embarrassed Bahinan’s mother and everyone else in the vicinity they ignored the child’s outburst. The time came to set out for the mountain atop which would land the Salimbal, the craft sent down from Skyland by the supreme deity Magbabaya. Bahinan continued fussing and crying until Baybayan himself intervened, shrinking the child down to the size of a few inches and placing her in her mother’s kabuka (a small square basket).     

With that minor annoyance dealt with, Baybayan bid farewell to Alisngaran and his betrothed and then led his hundreds of followers off to the mountain. The demigod knew that more of his disciples would fall to the forces of evil along the way before the mountaintop could be reached. +++ 

Balladeer’s Blog will continue this story soon. Check back once or twice a week for updates.

FOR PART ONE CLICK here .

FOR ANOTHER EPIC MYTH CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/2013/03/17/iroquois-epic-myth-hodadeion/

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6 responses to “BAYBAYAN: PHILIPPINE EPIC MYTH PART THREE

  1. Wow! Odd blend of influences in this epic.

  2. Very interesting. This gets better as it goes along.

  3. Pingback: BAYBAYAN: EPIC MYTH OF THE PHILIPPINES | Balladeer's Blog

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