Si Tungkung Langit at Alunsuna

Si Tungkung Langit at Alunsuna

One of the stories about the creation of the world, which the old people of Panay, especially to those living near to the mountains, do not tire relating, tells that in the beginning there was no sky or earth - only a bottomless deep and in a world of mist. Everything was shapeless and formless - the earth, the sky, the sea and the air were almost mixed up. In a word, there was no confusion.

    Then from the depth of this formless void, there appeared two gods, Tungkung Langit “Pillar of the Sky “and Alusina “The unmarried One ". Just when these two deities came from, it was not known. However, it was related that Tungkung Langit had fallen in love with Alusina ; and after so many years of courtship, they got married and had their abode in the highest realm of ethereal space, where the water was constantly warm and breeze was forever cool. It was in this place where order and regularity first took place.

            Tungkung Langit was an industrious, loving and kind god whose chief concern was how to impose order over the whole confused set-up of things. He assumed responsibility for the regular cosmic movement. On the other hand, Alunsina was a lazy, jealous and selfish goddess whose only work was to sit by the window of their heavenly home and assume herself with her pointless thoughts. Sometimes, she would go down the house, sit down by a pool near their doorstep, and comb her long jet-black hair all day long.

            One day, Tungkung Langit told his wife that he would be away from home for sometimes to put an end to the chaotic disturbances in the flow of time and in the position of things. However despite this purpose, Alunsina sent the breeze to spy on Tungkung Langit. This made the latter very angry upon knowing about it.
Immediately after his return from his trip, he called this to her attention, saying it was ungodly of her to be jealous, there being no other creature living in the world except the two of them. This reproach was...

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