In all these
stories, what is
the reason that
made the sky
Why the Sky Is High
He also did the pounding
of the palay that his
father and Ingat
harvested. Even in
pounding, Daskol lived
up to his name. Half of
the grain he pounded
scattered and fell to the
ground. Being naturally
lazy and impatient, he
did not like the work of
One day, Daskol
had to pound a
greater quantity of
palay than usual.
He was irritated
because every time
he raised the
pestle higher, and
every time it hit
the sky, the sky
would be raised.
In his hurry, Daskol did not notice that the
sky was rising. When he finished pounding
the rice, he looked up and discovered that
the sky had risen and it is where it is today.
In the olden days, the only people on
earth were a man and a woman.
One day, they ate venison which the
man had brought home from hunting.
But because the bones were very
big and they wanted to eat the
marrow, they thought of pounding
The woman removed her comb and
necklace and hung them on the low
sky. But whenever she pounded, she
would hit the sky.
Still the pestle hit
the sky. So the
asked the sky to
go higher. It
the sky rose
higher. Still the
pestle hit the sky.
In the olden days the sky was so low---so low that
it could be reached by a stick of ordinary length.
The people in those days said that God had
created the sky in such a way that he could hear
his people when they called to him.
In turn, God could send his blessings to earth as
soon as men needed them. Because of this
close connection between God and his
subjects, the people were provided for, and
they did not need to work.
Whenever they wanted to
eat, they could simply call God.
Before their request was
made, almost, the food would be
on the table;.
One day one of the chiefs, Abing by
name, held a feast. Many people
came to enjoy it.
A sayao, or native war-dance, was given in honor
of the men belonging to the chief, and it was
acted by men brandishing spears.
While acting, one of the
actors, who was drunk, tried to
show his skill, but he forgot that
the sky was so low.