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The Legend of the Coconut Tree

Updated on November 13, 2019
Coconut tree.
Coconut tree. | Source

There was once a young man in loved with a beautiful young woman who also lives in the same island where he resides. The two became sweethearts later on. Aside from being blessed with beauty, the young woman is also kind-hearted and that's why he loves her with all his heart. There's one problem though.

The mother doesn't like the young man for her daughter. And the mother thinks, "My daughter is one of the most beautiful in the island and she should find someone better for her." The mother did what she could to break up the two young sweethearts. The problem is that the two cannot be separated no matter how she tries.So she sought help from a sorceress.

Days passed by and the young woman hasn't seen her beloved young man. She waited but he hadn't shown up to visit her. Then a heavy rain came that resulted in a flood. With the flood water, an earthworm appeared swimming towards her. It startled her to see that it seems to know its way.

"Don't be afraid. It is me," said the earthworm. And before she could speak he added, "I was cursed. Your mother sought the help of a sorceress. And the curse had turned me into this." Teary-eyed, the young woman gently picked up the earthworm and set it in her hands and said how sorry she was for what her mother did.

"Hurry and bury me into the soil," the earthworm said to her. "I want to keep watch over you even when I'm gone, and for you to have something to remember me." And so she did buried the earthworm into their yard.

A strange plant sprouted on where she buried her cursed sweetheart.
A strange plant sprouted on where she buried her cursed sweetheart. | Source

Weeks passed by and she missed him so much. Then months went by.

One morning to her surprised, she saw a strange plant sprouted exactly on where she buried her cursed sweetheart. In memory of him, she waited and cared for the strange plant.

It took some time but the sprout grew to be a tall tree without any branches. Soon the tree flowered and turned into fruits. When one fall off the tree, she decided to see how the inside of the round fruit looks like. And to her surprised, when husked, the shell seems like a head with two eyes and a mouth!

She then thought of her young lover and maybe its his way of fulfilling his wish. And she remembered when he said, "Hurry and bury me into the soil. I want to keep watch over you even when I'm gone."

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Looks like eyes and mouth, isn't it?
Looks like eyes and mouth, isn't it? | Source

Next time you have a coconut shell in your hands, notice the three rounded holes in it. It looks like it has two eyes and a mouth which the shell could be the head. If you do noticed it, remember the young man on this legend and his promise to watch over his sweetheart.


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      Esperanza Castelo 

      4 years ago

      Precy, I love your stories. I am also a story lover. I would like to edit your stories and correct some grammatical errors if you would let me. Thank you for sharing these legends with us.

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      4 years ago

      this is useful

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      That sounds fun pinkhawk! ^-^' Your mom probably knows a lot of legends then. I love listening to legends too, not just legends, any stories! :) Thank you for dropping by!

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      6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      This reminds me of my childhood days when my mother used to read legends for us... so she can get our attention and keep us inside the house. Thank you for sharing! ^_^

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Alun, I just had drumstick ice cream, reading this makes me crave for young coconut flavored ice cream now ^-^' I should try that combination sometimes. Why haven't I thought of dried coconut before?! Thanks. :) I will try that.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 

      6 years ago from Essex, UK

      Coconut flavoured ice cream is very good - second only to vanilla in my opinion. But the two are great combined - I buy vanilla ice cream and shredded dessicated/dried coconut and mix them together - well worth trying!

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      @ Kalmiya: Hope you enjoyed the legend :) And yes, it makes a good ice cream, I like coconut flavored ice cream! ^-^' Thank you for dropping by! Found your hub, and I would like to include a link to it from my other hub, "What To Do With Coconut Leaves? Creations Made From Coco Leaf."

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      6 years ago from North America

      Thanks for your unique hub about coconut legend story; that's so nice. The coconut is an amazing plant with so many uses (I wrote a hub about palm products where I look at some coconut uses) and I think it also makes great ice cream! I'll have to go read your other legend hubs now.

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Yes they are fascinating Mike_Robbers :) Reason why I got hooked into reading legends when I was a kid. Thanks for the visit and up!

      @ Chicks

      Now you know, ^-^' so I'm thinking next time you buy a coconut you can remember the legend and maybe spot the two eyes and mouth? Or.... maybe it was just me who see the three round spots as eyes and mouth :) Thanks for dropping by!

      Hi Daena B. I just said I wonder if it's just me who see it like that, now I know you too ^-^' You see the shell as the face and I see the spots as eyes and mouth.

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      Daena B. 

      6 years ago from Wenatchee, WA

      The legend is very charming! I guess now I know how the coconut has a face. Thank you for sharing the story.

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      Jacqueline Levine 

      6 years ago from Lakeland, FL

      How lovely! I never thought of the coconut as having a face until now. Thanks for sharing this interesting story.

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      Mike Robbers 

      6 years ago from London

      Myths and legends are so fascinating! Thank you for sharing, precy anza! This one was a very romantic story - bit sad, but still a love story! Voted up & beautiful

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      precy anza 

      7 years ago from USA

      I had enjoyed reading a lot of legends when I was a kid :) And this one was one of those that had stick in my memory :) The coconut sure looks like a head.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 

      7 years ago from Essex, UK

      A charming if sad little tale precy - I shall read some more of your Philippine legends in due course - it is interesting to see how these stories develop. Alun.


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