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Tungkung Langit and Alunsina

(Panay-Visayan)

One of the stories about the creation of the world, which the old people of Panay, especially those living near the mountains, do not tire relating, tells that in the beginning there was no sky or earth—only a bottomless deep and a world of mist. Everything was shapeless and formless—the earth, the sky, the sea and the air were almost mixed up. In a word, there was confusion.

Then from the depth of this formless void, there appeared two gods, Tungkung Langit and Alunsina. Just where these two deities came from, it was known. However, it was related that Tungkung Langit had fallen in love with Alunsina; and after so many years of courtship, they got married and had their abode in the highest realm of the ethereal space, where the water was constantly warm and the breeze was forever cool. It was in this place where order and regularity first took place.

Tungkung Langit was an industrious, loving and kind god whose chief concern was how to impose order over the whole confused set-up of things. He assumed responsibility for the regular cosmic movement. On the other hand, Alunsina was a lazy, jealous and selfish goddess whose only work was to sit by the window of their heavenly home and amuse herself with her pointless thoughts. Sometimes, she would go down the housesit down by a pool near their doorsteps, and comb her long, jet-black hair all day long.

One day Tungkung Langit told his wife that he would be away from home for some time to put an end to the chaotic disturbances in the flow of time and in the position of things. However, despite this purpose Alunsina sent the breeze to spy on Tungkung Langit. This made the latter very angry upon knowing about it.

Immediately after his return from his trip, he called this act to her attention, saying that it was ungodly of her to be jealous, there being no other creature living in the world except the two of them. This reproach was resented by Alunsina...
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