The Legend Of The Lizard
The common gecko, or the house lizard can be considered as part of the Philippine homes. These lizards can be spotted anywhere in the home, and they are harmless. I grew up used to seeing them on our house walls,on the table and even on the floor on some occasions.
I remember being fascinated by their small eggs, such are so tiny and fragile. Those are from times I would accidentally spot some eggs hiding when doing some house cleaning. And there's this one time I had spotted few eggs on the crack of a coconut tree. That's the first time I had seen those tiny eggs and I was barely 7 years old and didn't know those are house lizard eggs. But times like those can be hardly forgotten for me.
The scientific name for the house lizard is hemidactylus frenatus and since it lives in the house, it got the name Asian house gecko, or plainly the house lizard. They love eating insects and hangs around lights patiently watching insects that the light lures and waits for the right moment to go after their meal.
But did you know that even house lizards has their own legend? An interesting legend goes on where did the first common house gecko came from.
There was young boy who was naughty, he always play tricks and mischief to anyone and everything in the village. This character of him makes a lot of people angry and they don't like him, which is the reason why he always get spank and scolded by his mom and dad.
However, this kid hadn't changed his attitude and instead he got more hardheaded and is being disrespectful of the elderly. No one doesn't want to be his friend because of this. And the animals has been his source of entertainment because nobody wants to play with him. And this created another problem, the tame animals become elusive once this mischievous boy got close or around these animals doing them harm.
Later on, he even got to the point of secretly destroying plants on the neighborhood.
One day, he did another mischief.
He got to the mound and ruined the mound while his mother was busy sweeping their yard. His mother saw this and she got very angry and scolded his son. Afterwards, she did all her best to ask for forgiveness to the mound's dweller (the goblin) that might be residing in there for what her son did.
"I ask for forgiveness ancestors," she pleaded to the mound. "My son wouldn't do it again and that he would be good, I promised."
The mother preached her son never to do it again to the mound because the goblin can get very angry.
In the country, it is a dreaded thing to do to stomp or step onto the mounds as they might be inhabited by this unseen beings.
But this kid didn't learned his lesson. After lashing the carabao the following day, he concentrated on going after a monitor lizard. The stubborn child followed the monitor lizard around but he missed it when the animal went through a protruding roots of a tree. He continuously search the area holding his slingshot.
How happy he was when he found the monitor lizard's eggs! He happily used his slingshot on each one of the eggs.
But he got startled when a goblin suddenly appeared in front of him.
"Hey there mischievous child! Didn't you know that there's life inside those eggs? Why did you cracked those eggs?" the goblin asked him. "I am going to punish you because of what you did. You are going to be a consanguine of the monitor lizard."
"Please don't do that. Have pity on me. I'm going to be a good kid now. I swear!" pleaded the naughty kid.
"You are such a liar! How many times have you promised that every time your dad spanks you? And just yesterday it was your mom who made a promised, but you hadn't changed. Now, as your punishment, you will kiss the ground just before dusk. But you will still live inside a home because you are a human the Creator had created. You will be called as the house lizard." the goblin said.
The horrified naughty child hurriedly rush to his home while screaming.
"Help me mom! Please help me! I don't want to be a house lizard. I don't want to be a house lizard," he cried.
The mother had a glanced of her son from the window and she saw how he fall on his face even before he could go up the bamboo stairs. She wondered on her son's transformation until he became so small and looks just like a monitor lizard.
House lizard was the last word she heard from his son and so that's what she called him. And even though the strange animal was gentle, it is elusive because of shame on what happened that had led him to become like this.
Up to this day, the house lizard still continuously kisses the ground at sundown.
Can he still go back to his human form and be with his parents? He might be feeling really sorry for all the mischief he had done.
But only time can tell.
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