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Why the Sun and Moon Rise in the Sky

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Why the Sun and Moon Rise in the Sky

A VISAYAN FOLKTALE

This story hails from the Christianized coastal tribes of the Visayas. When the Spanish came to the Philippines in the 16th century, they noticed the influences of cultures the tribes traded with, like China and Thailand. This rich cultural mix of ancient, foreign and Visayan is reflected in the stories they tell, such as this one. This story also carries European influences and versions of it may also be found in other places in the Philippines.

A CULTURAL KEEPSAKE

Download the story or preorder the riso zine to support our indigenous peoples.

Once upon a time the Sun and the Moon were married, and had many children who were the stars. The Sun loved them very much and longed to show them his affection. But whenever he hugged them, they would burn. The Moon, grieving for her children, forbade him from touching them again.

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One day, while the Moon was away, the Sun disobeyed her wishes and more of the stars perished. The Moon came home and saw what he had done. She picked up a banana tree and struck him with it. While the Sun threw sand on her face, and left marks on the Moon that would stay hollow forever.

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One day, while the Moon was away, the Sun disobeyed her wishes and more of the stars perished. The Moon came home and saw what he had done. She picked up a banana tree and struck him with it. While the Sun threw sand on her face, and left marks on the Moon that would stay hollow forever.

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Today, the Sun and the Moon are still in a constant quarrel, chasing each other in the sky through night and day.

Sometimes, he nearly catches her but as the night falls, she is far ahead again.

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Today, the Sun and the Moon are still in a constant quarrel, chasing each other in the sky through night and day.

Sometimes, he nearly catches her but as the night falls, she is far ahead again.

 

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In honor of the indigenous Filipinos, Gunitaan partnered with PAGASA to help support Aeta, Lumad, T'boli, and communities in Buhi, Camarines Sur affected by supertyphoons. In exchange for donations of any amount of your choosing is a digital compilation of the library designed for mobile.

The library is also a risograph art zine in collaboration with Bad Student, for pre-order until Dec. 11, 2020. In light of the typhoon damage they sustained, 10% of the zine proceeds will go towards their recovery. The rest of the zine proceeds will also be donated to the indigenous communities supported by PAGASA.

 

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Gunitaan is a humble library of folktales that tell us who we are, who we have been for centuries, and what inspires us as a culture. Gunitaan seeks to use design to shed light on, honor and preserve the beauty inherent to the many cultures that keep our identity alive.

By the humans of Serious Studio.