| The sea god's wrath (legend from the Philippines)

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One day the warrior Aponitolau traveled across his country to the edge of the sea. Standing onshore, he could not take his eyes off the vast spread of water before him.


Aponitolau looked around, and using palm branches and strips of bark, he built a raft from fallen trees. Then he paddled out to sea.


Soon he saw nine beautiful maidens playing in the water, waving to him, laughing and taunting him. "Come closer," they cried.


He paddled on, and too late he saw that he had reached the stone palace of Tau-mari-u, god of the sea. The maidens were guardians of the god's palace, and Aponitolau knew the god would be angry. No one was permitted so close to the god's palace. ¤wWw.FAirY-Tale。INfoヵzサuí

"Why have you lured me here?" he cried to the maidens, but they laughed at him.


Their laughter angered him, so he threw his magical fishing hook, catching the youngest maiden, Humitau. He reeled her toward him. ЕlネWwW.FaIRY-TalE.InFo9gムД|

"Let me go," she screamed as she struggled to free herself, but the hook was magical, a gift of the warrior's mother, Lang-an, goddess of the wind. Aponitolau pulled her onto his raft and paddled away.


When the sea god heard this news, he roared with fury. "Rescue Humitau from the wild warrior," he commanded the sea, and instantly waves rose up and rolled toward the raft.


When Aponitolau saw the waves chasing him, he cried out to his mother, the great Lang-an. "Mother, save me from the sea," and when Lang-an heard her son's cry for help, she sent the wind after those rolling waves.


The wind passed the waves, sweeping Aponitolau's raft to shore, and so to safety. He lifted the maiden into his arms and ran far from the beach.


When Tau-mari-u saw this, he was enraged. "How dare he disobey me. I am god of the sea!" つ∨WWw.faiRy-taLe.INfOēЕ±ㄘfШ

And so Tau-mari-u called all the gods together. "We must punish Aponitolau. No one can disobey the gods and get away with it. He must understand our power. He must never forget. The people of the land must know our strength." せwWw.fAIRY-TaLe.infoīτVメn

Lang-an listened quietly. Her heart ached for her son, but she said nothing. When she had heard the gods' plans, she rushed to her son's side.


"I offer you guidance, son," she said. "Listen to me carefully, for you have angered the gods, and now the whole world will suffer for your arrogance. No good can ever come of disobeying the gods, my child. You stole a treasure, and now you must go to the highest mountain, to Mount Pulag. Take everyone you love and all you wish to save. The gods are sending a flood that will destroy the land."


Aponitolau was proud, but he listened to his mother, and then he carried his loved ones and belongings to the mountaintop. And just in time.


The waters of all the seas began to whirl and churn, and the waves rose. They rolled on, growing higher and higher, moving faster and faster, until at last they broke upon the shore and swallowed everything that stood in their path.


Humitau had lost her sea spirit powers, for she had eaten mountain food, but she had grown to love the warrior, and so she wept and cried out for mercy. ㄘwWw.faiRy-tale.inFO7ИQ

When the god of the sea heard Humitau's pleas, he felt love for her, and pity, too. And so, just before the waves reached Mount Pulag, he called them back home.


The waves began to pull back, and the land began dry.


Aponitolau and Humitau climbed down from the mountain. When later they began to have children, these were the first people in this brand-new world. And they never forgot the power of the god of the sea.


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