Lumawig and the World
AN IFUGAO FOLKTALE
This story hails from the Ifugao of the Cordillera. Lumawig is the greatest of all the spirits and is their creator. Mayinit (today, called Mainit) and Samoki are both barangays in the municipality of Bontoc, Mountain Province, that maintain the trades given to them by Lumawig until today.
A CULTURAL KEEPSAKE
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In the beginning, there were no people on the earth. Lumawig, the Great Spirit, came down from the sky and cut many reeds. He divided these into pairs and placed them in different parts of the world. Then he said, “You must speak.” Immediately the reeds became man and woman. Each couple spoke a language unique from all others.
Then Lumawig commanded each man and woman to marry and have children who spoke the same language as them. The children, in turn, married and had their own children. In this way, there came to be many people on the earth.
Now Lumawig saw that there were several things that people on earth needed, so he set to work to supply them.
He created salt, and told the inhabitants of one place to boil it down and sell it to their neighbors. But they could not understand the directions of the Great Spirit, and the next time he visited them, they had not touched the salt. Lumawig took it away from them and gave it to the people of a place called Mayinit. The inhabitants of Mayinit did as he directed, and because of this he told them that they should always be owners of the salt, and that the other peoples must buy this from them.
Then Lumawig went to the people of Bontoc and told them to get clay and make pots. They got the clay, but they did not understand the moulding and the jars were not well-shaped. Because of this, Lumawig told them that they would always have to buy their jars and he gave the clay to Samoki. When he told the people there what to do, they did just as he said and their jars were well-shaped and beautiful. The Great Spirit saw that they were fit owners of the pottery, so he told them that they should always make many jars to sell.
In this way, Lumawig made the earth and brought to the people all the things which they now have.
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