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How the Moon and Stars Came to Be

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How the Moon and Stars Came to Be

A BUKIDNON FOLKTALE

This story hails from Bukidnon, Mindanao. At the time of the 1916 compilation from which all the stories here are adapted, rice was commonly prepared by pounding it on dried carabao hide to loosen heads from the straw. Versions of this story may also be found in Borneo. 

A CULTURAL KEEPSAKE

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

One day, in a time when the sky was close to the ground, a woman went out to pound rice. She took off the gleaming beads around her neck and the crescent comb in her hair, then hung them in the sky. She began to work. Each time she raised her pestle into the air, it struck the sky. She pounded down onto the rice, raised her pestle back up, and struck the sky once again. It began to rise.

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The sky rose so high up, the woman could no longer reach her beads and her comb, and there they remain up to this day.

The sky rose so high up, the woman could no longer reach her beads and her comb, and there they remain up to this day.

Her comb became the crescent light in the night, while her beads were scattered to create what we know as stars today.

Her comb became the crescent light in the night, while her beads were scattered to create what we know as stars today.

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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.