The Sun and the Moon: A Filipino Folktale

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Once, the Sun and theMoon were married. They shared a home in the sky.

When the Moon left tocollect vegetables from the jungle, she asked the Sun to guard their sleepingchildren. She also warned him to stay a safe distance away from the babies,since his heat would burn them.

The Sun kept closewatch over the children. But he was overcome with affection for them, andwanted to kiss them goodnight. He forgot the Moon’s warning, leaned over thebabies, and they melted beneath him.

Horrified at hisfoolishness and afraid of his wife’s rage, the Sun hid. The Moon came back toan empty sky house, and discovered what happened. After some time, the Sunreturned, and he and the Moon had a terrible fight. The Sun threw the junglevegetables at the Moon’s face, and that was the final straw. The Moon abandonedthe Sun for good.

This is why, on a fullnight, you can see the marks left by the Sun against the Moon’s face. The lostchildren have become stars. And the Sun constantly chases the Moon, trying towin back her affections.

 Food for thought: This Filipino folktale not only gives an origin story to thestars, but also circles themes of family and responsibility, important elementsto tribal cultures and equally important in modern life. 

Our actions, or failure to act, can have lasting impact onour environment and the people around us. However, we can also find beauty inevery tragedy, and no matter what happens in life, we see that there isperpetual hope for redemption.

 

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