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The Marriage of the Sky and the Sea: Visayan Creation Myths

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 14:01
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The Marriage of the Sky and the Sea: Visayan Creation Myths

Although there are different versions of the Visayan creation myth, they are similar in characters, conflicts and resolutions. The way the story was narrated and its different subsequent retellings strongly portray the common experience of the people. The creation myth of the Visayans not only tells the story of how the world was created and how humanity came into existence, thus effectively describing how the Visayans view the world and their origins, it also describes the first death, war, social classes, and race.

Map of the Philippines showing the location of Visayan Islands.

Map of the Philippines showing the location of Visayan Islands. (SEAV/CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Land, the Sun and the Moon Battled against the Sky

North and South Gigante Islands (right and left respectively), Iloilo Province, Philippines

North and South Gigante Islands (right and left respectively), Iloilo Province, Philippines (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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