Monday, 7 May 2012

Legendary Origin of Kalanguya People



The Kalanguya people believed that the surface of the earth was flat, replete with abundant resources to meet all their basic needs. 

But one summer time, the god of the Kalanguya people did not allow the sun to shine for more than a month. 


Then it had begun to shine only at about 10:00 to 11:00 o'clock in the morning. The people termed the tragedy "Natalok I Eggew".



In the darkness, the people groped for their way while doing their daily chores. Because everything they touch  would wriggle or move, they thought that they either held a wood or snake. 


Immorality happened during the tragedy and many women got pregnant. These caused the massive death of women due to
childbirth or tapi.



Another tragedy was the fall of gigantic pillars of hailstones from the sky with accompanying
heavy rainfall. The hailstones melted and denuded the earth, leaving only in sight the rocky mountain peaks. 


All creatures strive hard to cling on every floating object as they were tossed about by the swirling force while bitterly crying for help from the unseen rescuer, 
Meknengan.


After a long time, they felt drown by somebody towards a rocky mountain which they sighted earlier. They were tossed on the dry land of the mountain peak but declining waves pulled away some companions, who were evil doers, causing their death.

The mountain is now called Pulag, the home of the first Kalanguya people who survived the flood.


The survivors are Kabigat and BuganLingan and Amduyan; and Liddom and Uhdong (They are the mediator to their god danger or harm from enemies).


While they were on the rocky mountain, finding relief from their trauma and fatigue, thunder and lightning struck, passing between them many times and striking a pine nearby.


After a while, they noticed a burning fire from the pine tree and rushed to encircle the fire for warmth. They felt hungry and started to hunt for food.


They roasted the animals and thanked their god by performing Baki before eating. The three pairs of survivors married each other and lived as the Kalanguya survivors during the great flood.


They occupied the vicinity of Amon Paguey or Mount Pulag, becoming the ancestors of the Kalanguya People
  
Sources: 
  • Content: From the research of Ancestral Domain sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP)

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