ROCKS, SWEAT BRED MAN: CELEBES, SUMATRA, FORMOSA MYTHOS
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Another tale of the origin of mankind from eggs is found among the Battak of Sumatra. In Celebes we have already seen how the first divine being was born miraculously from the rock or from the sweat which formed upon it; and an actual origin of mankind from a rock, which split open of itself, appears in Formosa.”
Formosa (Taiwan) was once predominantly populated by Malay ethnicities, Malays who shared folklore themes with many of their neighbor cultures such as Sumatra (Battaks) and Celebes.
As the summary says, ‘the divine being was born miraculously from the rock or from the sweat which formed upon it’. Now that has a double meaning: the ‘rock’ that signifies the earth element and all the 100+ matter elements known in today’s chemistry, and ‘sweat’ that signifies the ‘sweat-born’ humans of the early ‘root races’.
In the Formosa version, the rock ‘split open of itself’ reveals that even the earth and its minerals are endowed with consciousness no matter how feeble this seems to us. The 1st Evolutionary Round is the mineral phase which took many hundreds of millions of years. Without this phase, the 2nd Round of vegetative life and the 3rd Round of animal life couldn’t have evolved. Such rounds thus showing capacity for life-bearing, the 4th Round was made possible as the devic-man phase.
The ‘divine’ was born from the ‘rock’ or ‘sweat-born’ is surely a tough nut to crack. It could be one way of articulating the Law of Evolution: that a human can become Divine in the distant future by passing first through the mineral, vegetative, animal, devic-man, and onwards till divinity is first experienced when one attains moksha or Self-realization through Yoga (union).
The greater that divinity will be ensured when one mutates to a Mahatma, the phase of spiritual perfection. At that stage, the route to Dhyan Chohan becomes clearer, the route when one becomes a living Deity or Avatar (manifestation of God). At the end of the Manvantara, the man-turned-divine being is ensured of re-integration with Godhead yet retaining his/her identity, hence ensuring his/her return as a creator deity or archangel in the next Manvantara (great cycle of life).
[Philippines, 24 June 2011]