LUMAUIG: GREAT SPIRIT, IGOROT CREATION MYTH
Erle Frayne D. Argonza / Ra
The Creation - Igorot
In the beginning there were no people on the earth.
Lumawig, the Great Spirit, came down from the sky and cut many reeds. He divided these into pairs which he placed in different parts of the world, and then he said to them, "You must speak."
Immediately the reeds became people, and in each place was a man and a woman who could talk, but the language of each couple differed from that of the others.
Then Lumawig commanded each man and woman to marry, which they did. By and by there were many children, all speaking the same language as their parents. These, in turn, married and had many children. In this way there came to be many people on the earth.
Now Lumawig saw that there were several things which the people on the earth needed to use, so he set to work to supply them. He created salt, and told the inhabitants of one place to boil it down and sell it to their neighbors. But these people could not understand the directions of the Great Spirit, and the next time he visited them, they had not touched the salt.
Then he took it away from them and gave it to the people of a place called Mayinit. These did as he directed, and because of this he told them that they should always be owners of the salt, and that the other peoples must buy of them.
Then Lumawig went to the people of Bontoc and told them to get clay and make pots. They got the clay, but they did not understand the molding, and the jars were not well shaped. Because of their failure, Lumawig told them that they would always have to buy their jars, and he removed the pottery to Samoki. When he told the people there what to do, they did just as he said, and their jars were well shaped and beautiful. Then the Great Spirit saw that they were fit owners of the pottery, and he told them that they should always make many jars to sell.
In this way Lumawig taught the people and brought to them all the things which they now have.
In the Cordillera mountains or Northern Luzon habituate the Igorots who comprise eight (8) ethnic groups in all. They share the belief in Lumauig as the Great Spirit who created mankind. Lumauig here is very near the truth about the Spirit-Force in divine wisdom, who is the One Universal Principle from which all objective and subjective domains of life emanated from.
Lumauig ‘came down from the sky’—descended from the spiritual domains. Thereof, he ‘cut many reeds’—this signifies the splitting of oversouls into many souls (soul-fragments in other traditions). Without souls, no human life is possible on the astral and physical domains that were the lowest dimensions.
He ‘divided them into pairs’—signifies the splitting of the androgynous souls into Male and Female polarities or Twinflame mates. ‘You must speak’ signifies the beginnings of oral language and communications, as human were still in the mental and astral planes preparing to move down to the physical plane.
‘Immediately the reeds became people’—souls in twinflame polarities became the first humans during the mid-Lemurian evolutionary phase, which is the farthest that Igorot collective memory can go. The rest was history, which includes the creation of the institution of family, diets (salt), cottage industry (pottery), and commerce.
[Philippines, 23 June 2011]
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