UNIVERSE’S CREATION IN BUKIDNON FOLKLORE
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
How the Moon and the Stars Came to Be – Bukidnon (Mindanao)
One day in the times when the sky was close to the ground a spinster went out to pound rice. Before she began her work, she took off the beads from around her neck and the comb from her hair, and hung them on the sky, which at that time looked like coral rock.
Then she began working, and each time that she raised her pestle into the air it struck the sky. For some time she pounded the rice, and then she raised the pestle so high that it struck the sky very hard.
Immediately the sky began to rise, and it went up so far that she lost her ornaments. Never did they come down, for the comb became the moon and the beads are the stars that are scattered about.
‘When the sky was close to the ground’ speaks of the eons when the cooling Earth was of higher vibratory frequency than it is today, thus rendering it nearer to the Great Central Sun or God Almighty. It wasn’t even a part of the sun yet, and could have freely floated in space prior to its gravitation to Sol whence its orbit came to being.
The ‘spinster’ is the folks’ idea of conserving ancient truths about creator deities who were collectively identified in the Female gender. The space-domain ‘looked like coral rock’, signifying the spread of matter across the vast expanses of the expanding universe as part of the Manvantara or great cycle of life.
‘Coral rock’ is an embed of the principles of solidity (rock is solid) and liquidity (corals come from the sea), or earth and water elements. ‘Coral’ is a species of life that thrives on water, so it is a good archetype for vegetative & animal species then evolving when Terra was still in higher dimension.
‘She pounded the rice’, the pounding thus pushing the sky further from where the spinster stood—this signifies the further expansion processes as matter and Divine Light continued to fill up the void. The creation of the material planes—the causal, then the mental, then the astral, till finally the physical planes, in that order—was suggested here.
‘Comb became the moon’ and ‘beads are the stars’ is of course an embed of the ancient wisdom’s truths about the creator deities’ galvanization of solar systems and satellites signified by moon. The usage of personal body ornaments such as ‘comb’ and ‘beads’ surely renders the narrative very interesting and amusing.
[Philippines, 23 June 2011]