The Legend Of The Watermelon

A watermelon. (Citrullus lanatus)
A watermelon. (Citrullus lanatus) | Source

Sweet and refreshing, who wouldn't love a watermelon? During the hot days of Summer, this fruit is favored for a refreshing treat, what a thirst quencher! And I am one of those who loves munching on a red, sweet flesh of watermelon aside from cantaloupe, honeydew and pineapple.

And if you think you are only satisfying your thirst having this fruit, well not, as aside from enjoying the treat, watermelon can do good for the health as it is a good source of C and A vitamins. It is also electrolyte rich and is recommended to avoid dehydration.

And when it comes to this fruit's legend, here is the story of this well known fruit.

So how did the watermelon came to be the fruit we love? Read on and find out.

The Spaniards stayed in the Philippines for approximately three hundred years. It was the Spain's intent to conquer the land. Catholicism has been their tool to easily regulate the system. Even though the first mass was held in Limasawa in the province of Leyte, there was a Spaniard priest by the name of Father Novelles who got into the province of Nueva Ecija.

He tried to convert the natives of Nueva Ecija into the Catholic religion. To do this, the priest studied their dialect for a much better communication. And he learned it fast. And because the natives has been worshiping deities for a very long time, it was so hard for Father Novelles to convince them.

To this challenge, the priest became more diligent into teaching the life and teachings of Christ. He pointed out the sacrifices of the Son of God. He explained about Him carrying the cross to save the sin of humanity. Being a missionary priest, many had been enlightened with the truth.

But even though many started following the teachings, there still was one town who was blind and deaf with the teachings and still worshiping deities. This was the town ruled by Diliwariw. This tribal ruler doesn't want to follow the teachings of Catholicism. Because Diliwariw was so furious, he asked his people to capture the preaching missionary.

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The Caraballo mountain ranges from the province of Nueva Ecija.
The Caraballo mountain ranges from the province of Nueva Ecija. | Source

And because based on the teachings of the Catholic that Christ carried the cross and was nailed in it in the highlands, it was the same punishment that Father Novelles got from Ruler Diliwariw.

It breaks the heart of many natives seeing the Catholic priest carrying his cross passed by the dusty and ruptured roads of the province. The cross was raised on their deities mountain, which was now known as the Caraballo mountains.

With the sizzling heat of the sun that day, the missionary lost his humble life. Just like with Christ, a pointed spear was used with the priest, his blood richly flows from his chest to the ground where the cross was standing.

Ruler Diliwariw was feeling uneasy after the death of Father Novelles. He remembered the part of the teachings that Christ came back to life on the third day.

To make sure, Diliwariw went back to the place with his most trusted soldier on the third day. They we're shocked with the truth. The lifeless body that they left nailed on the cross was no longer there. Diliwariw, with his soldier both fell on their knees. They reminisced the teachings that the missionary had told them about Christ and they sincerely asked for forgiveness.

And as they bow their heads with teary-eyes, they noticed a sprout growing on the ground, on the same spot where the blood of the devoted priest poured. The said plant bore a smooth, round fruit that to them was just like the missionary priest's smooth head. And when opened, the fruit has a watery flesh that seems like the red blood of holiness. It was sweet and refreshing.

Since then, the Catholic converted ruler always visits the mountain where the missionary priest died, that was his vow. And with that vow, came with the acceptance of any punishment for his biggest sin, the killing of the priest.

And that refreshing fruit was now the watermelon.

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bearnmom 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This is a very interesting tale. Whether it is true or not, it captures the sense of conversion to Catholicism. The symbolism of the watermelon growth is depicted well in this piece.


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

Very interesting legend! And watermelon is my favorite fruit as well. :)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Thanks to this interesting hub, precy, I may never again look at a watermelon in quite the same way.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Voted awesome, and naturally, I liked the story.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego Author

@Bearmom: Yeah it was interesting. :) Made me wonder too if the whole tale was true, as the part about the Spaniards and the conversion of Catholicism was in the Philippine history. ^.^'

@Jennzie: Thanks for dropping by and reading. Glad to know you love the fruit too ^.^'

@Drbj: You probably would remember this tale the next time you would be enjoying your watermelon ^.^'

@Aviannovice: Thanks! ^-^' And we would be seeing this fruit more often as the weather gets hotter. Glad you like the story.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

precy - Very intriguing! I have to say though...it's a tad bit morbid but a really good story. Voted up and interesting.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego Author

Thanks Kitty! :) Intriguing indeed. Somehow there's a question mark remained in my head with this legend as to how the Spaniards parts and the first watermelon came together... as the Spaniards conquering the land really did happened. Thank for your dropping by and leaving a comment! Appreciate it ^-^'

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