The Origin of This World (Maranao)

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The Origin of This World (Maranao): 

The Origin of This World ( Maranao ) from the Anthology of Philippine Myths by Damiana L. Eugenio Quarter 1: Lesson 2 Presented by: JARELENY D. NAVA Subject Teacher

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1 According to Maranaw folklore, this world was created by a great Being. It is not known, however, who exactly is this great Being. Or how many days it took him to create this world.

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2 This world is divided into seven layers. The earth has also seven layers. Each layer is inhabited by a different kind of being. The uppermost layer, for example, is the place we are inhabiting.

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The second layer is being inhabited by dwarfs . These dwarfs are short, plump, and long-haired. They are locally known as Karibanga . The Karibanga are said to possess magical powers. They are usually invisible to the human eye.

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The third layer of the earth which is found under the sea or lake is inhabited by nymphs . These nymphs also possess certain magical powers. It is stated in the story of Rajah Indarapatra that he met and fell in love with the princess-nymph with whom he had a child.

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3 The sky also consists of seven layers. Each layer has a door which is guarded day and night by huge mythical birds called garoda .

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The seventh layer of the sky is the seat of heaven which is also divided into seven layers.

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Every layer in the sky is inhabited by angels . Maranaws believe that angels do not need food. They all possess wings with which they fly .

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4 Heaven which is found on the seventh layer of the sky is where good people‘s spirits go after death.

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Saints are assigned to the seventh layer while persons who ―barely made it are confined to the lower most layer which is found at the bottom of heaven.

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5 It is in heaven where we find the tree-of-life. On each leaf of the tree-of-life is written the name of every person living on earth. As soon as a leaf ripens or dries and falls, the person whose name it carries also dies.

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6 The soul of every person is found in tightly covered jars kept in one section of heaven.

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This particular section of heaven is closely guarded by a monster with a thousand eyes, named Walo .

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Walo , in addition to his thousand eyes, has also eight hairy heads. The epic Darangan speaks of Madale , Bantugan‘s brother and, Mabaning , Husband of Lawanen , entering this section and retrieving the soul of Bantugan .