Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of this epic myth of the Bukidnon people of the Philippines.
The demigod Baybayan led his hundreds of followers up the mountain atop which would land the Salimbal – the divine craft sent down from Skyland by the supreme deity Magbabaya. The Earthly realm, in its fundamental evil, made a concentrated effort to lure Baybayan’s followers away from their quest. The impure world sought to prevent as many of the demigod’s followers as possible from reaching the land of the gods.
First all the rocks then the very ground itself turned to gold, to tempt the followers into staying behind to collect the gold and live the comfortable and pleasant life of the wealthy. Some of Baybayan’s disciples yielded to this temptation and stayed behind to accumulate wealth. Vile nature intensified its attack as even the leaves on the trees and the grass turned to gold in order to tempt away a few more of the disciples.
Next the flowers began to emit scents even lovelier than they usually did as a further temptation to lure away some of the disciples. The flowers even began to speak, telling the pilgrims that there were no flowers in Skyland so they should stay on Earth to enjoy such lush fragrances. Bananas and papayas and all other fruits joined in next, tempting Baybayan’s followers with their pleasant aromas. They too spoke and told the travelers that Skyland had no such delicious foods.
The birds in the trees sang their sweetest songs and spoke in the language of humanity, begging the disciples to stay behind to listen to their songs. The frogs croaked a stern warning that Skyland was no better than the Earth and told the pilgrims they would regret leaving.
Hour after hour Baybayan warned his followers to ignore the temptations thrown at them by imperfect nature. Over and over he ordered them not to linger, not to look back and not to even speak to any of the birds, frogs, fruits or flowers. (In some versions none of Baybayan’s disciples give in to temptation but that version lacks dramatic clout.)
When every last remaining member of Baybayan’s followers reached the summit of the mountain he permitted them all to at last look back. They did so and saw that every disciple who had paused to collect gold had been turned into gold themselves. Every pilgrim who had stopped to smell flowers had become a flower and everyone who had paused to eat fruit had become that fruit.
Moreover any who had looked back or had talked to the birds or frogs or folliage had been transformed into whatever Earthly delight had lured their senses. Baybayan’s hundreds of remaining followers felt comforted in having resisted all the temptations. Overhead could be heard the tinkling of bells foretelling the arrival of the Salimbal, which the pilgrims would shortly board for the next perilous stage of their journey to Skyland. +++
Balladeer’s Blog will continue this story soon. Check back once or twice a week for updates.
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