Philippine Legend: The Legend Of Coconut
Reading books about legends is another past time I enjoyed when I was a kid, that and comics. I just love stories.
Have you ever noticed the coconut seems to have eyes and a mouth? And one legend explains why so.
Here is a Filipino legend of the coconut tree.
- Philippine Legend: The Legend Of Mango
Sour when green and sweet when ripe. Mangoes are one of the common fruits we all enjoy and love. And there's a legend that goes about the shape of this fruit.
- Philippine Legend: The Legend Of The Firefly
Fireflies spread magic at night! Watching them is like being in a magical place. Have you ever wondered if there's any story behind this? The firefly is in search of the most lovely maiden, as this legend says.
- Philippine Legend: The Legend Of The First Lizard
Have you ever seen a common house gecko? This harmless little creature lives in the home and there's an interesting legend on why this house lizard is known on kissing the ground just before sundown.
A young man is in love with a beautiful young woman who also live in the island where he resides. Later on they became sweethearts. Aside from being blessed with beauty, the young woman is also kind-hearted 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 she's thinking, "My daughter is one of the island's beauty and she should find someone better for her." And her problem is that the two cannot be separated no matter how she tries.
So she seek the help of a sorceress.
Days passed by and the young woman hasn't seen her beloved. 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," it 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.
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Weeks passed and she missed him so much. Then months went by.
And 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 took cared of the strange plant.
It took some time but the sprout grew to be a tall tree without any branches. And it flowered and had 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 man and maybe it's 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."
More Interesting Legends
- The Legend Of The First Butterfly
Gentle and graceful, butterflies loves flowers and you might see them visiting your flower garden. There is also a legend that goes where the first buttery came from.
- Philippine Legend: The Legend Of The Stars
"Twinkle twinkle little star." This is the part of the nursery song that everyone knows. But did you know the legend of the stars? Here is an interesting legend about how did the stars started.
- Philippine Legend: The Legend Of Guava
Legend of the guava fruit from the country of the Philippines. A legend that interestingly explains the "crown like" part of the guava fruit.
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.
More legends of fruits and plants
- The Legend Of Sweet Potato
It's been hundred years ago since the last severe drought that occurred had caused people to lost their livelihood. During that time....
- The Legend Of Macopa (Java Apple)
Why is the java apple shaped like a bell? That was because a golden bell was hidden in its roots, that was according to a Philippine legend.
- The Legend of Papaya
Have you tasted a papaya fruit? Sweet and refreshing isn't it? Because of a loving mother, the papaya came into existence, according to this legend.
- The Legend Of The Cashew
Why was the cashew seed outside the fruit? The seed was inside the fruit a long time ago, before the seed uttered a wish that a fairy heard.
- Philippine Folklore: Why Does The Bamboo Bends?
The tallest grass, the bamboo has many uses. And isn't it fascinating that every time the rain pours or the wind blows, the bamboo bends down but won't break? And after the rain or strong wind, it will stand tall again.
- The Legend Of The Watermelon
So you say you love watermelon? This fruit is refreshingly sweet and healthy. And there's a legend that goes how did the first watermelon came into existence.
Legends of animals, places, flowers and landscapes
- The Legend Of Maria Cristina Falls
Known as "the twin falls," Maria Cristina Falls has always been an attraction to locals and tourist alike.
- The Legend Of The Ylang Ylang Flower
If you had come across an ylang-ylang, you would admire the sweet fragrant of the flower. But did you know that the ylang-ylang is a flowerless tree before? That is according to this legend.
- The Legend Of The Dama De Noche Flower
One of the sweetest smelling flower. And one thing interesting about the dama de noche is that, the sweet fragrance comes strongest at night. Have you ever wondered why? Here's why according to this beautiful legend.
- The Legend Of The First Rooster
Why does the rooster crows in the morning? This legend would explain why and where did the first rooster came from.
- The Legend Of The Turtle
Ever wonder why the turtle carries it's shell with it? That is because of a man who had been transformed into this reptile we now know as the turtle.
- Philippine Legend: The Legend Of The Spider
With their own silk, spiders continuously weave, any time of the day. Ever wonder why? That is because of an arrogant young woman who got punished to do what she loves doing, weaving.
- Philippine Legend: The First Fly, Cockroach And Mosquito
What would you do if you spotted either a mosquito, cockroach, or fly? Even this three insects has their own legend.