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 PowerPoint Presentation: 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. PowerPoint Presentation: 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. PowerPoint Presentation: 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. PowerPoint Presentation: 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. PowerPoint Presentation: 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 . PowerPoint Presentation: The seventh layer of the sky is the seat of heaven which is also divided into seven layers. PowerPoint Presentation: 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 . PowerPoint Presentation: 4 Heaven which is found on the seventh layer of the sky is where good people‘s spirits go after death. PowerPoint Presentation: 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. PowerPoint Presentation: 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. PowerPoint Presentation: 6 The soul of every person is found in tightly covered jars kept in one section of heaven. PowerPoint Presentation: This particular section of heaven is closely guarded by a monster with a thousand eyes, named Walo . PowerPoint Presentation: 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 .