Philippine Legend - The Legend Of The Squid
A long, long time ago when the Earth was newly created and young, there were no living things or creatures on streams, rivers and even in the ocean.
The world was quite, it was just the beautiful land and the green grasses. And only the waves and the winds against the leaves can be heard.
Have you eaten squids?
One day as the God of the Sea was surveying the ocean and the nearby lands, he thought of creating life that can live on the water.
"Oh! I would make creatures that can swim on the sea and ones that can live on the shore."
And in a blink of an eye, there were living things swimming, living on the sea.
But it was just the first day of them being created and yet there was already a dispute between each of them. The God of the Sea let it go. But when he saw that the few of the creatures was getting hurt from all the dispute between each species, he decided to call for a meeting, a big one. And that was set for tomorrow in the morning at the break of the daylight.
The following morning, He was looking forward for the big meeting as He sit on His thrown by the shore. He's sitting there watching as each of the species arrive one by one. He started with His speech when He thought each and everyone was set to hear what He have to say.
"I am not happy with all the fighting going on. I want everyone to reconcile and get along with each species," was His message to all of them. "Whether you are living on the ocean, on the river or even on the stream, you should respect one another."
"Wait..... But..... I'm bigger than all of them in here," the whale said. " Those small ones should give me a great respect!"
"Respect isn't base on size whale," said the God of the Sea to the whale. "It should be given to everyone no matter how big or small they are. Instead it is based on ones character whether one is good or bad."
"So how can you say if one has a good character? What are those?" inquired the barracuda fish.
"You have a good character if you love and respect other species," answered the God of the Sea.
"What if they are ugly? Do they deserve to be respected and loved too?" asked the mud fish.
"Well, of course. Love and respect isn't base on the physical appearance and real beauty isn't base on it either. It is in the heart. One is going to be well respected by others if he/she is kind, compassionate and loving," stressed the God.
"And what else can we consider a good behavior?" the shrimp added.
"It would be good if you treat others equally. We all have our own undertakings that we can carry on," added the God of the Sea.
"So we should give the same respect to both the anchovy and the shark thou the last one was bigger than the other one as they both live in the ocean. Because of its small size, the anchovy can swim and get through rocks crevices while the shark can swim miles. This shows that everyone is special. There are things that the small anchovy can do that the shark cannot do," explained the shrimp.
They had such a nice discussion and to make it even better and to make everyone participate, the God of the Sea decided to give each species a task according to their attributes.
"I'm instructing the swordfish to stop the wrongdoings of all the creatures living in the water,"
"As you will," answered the bowing swordfish.
"And those who have big mouths will deliver all my messages to everyone, pointed the God to the alligators.
"And I'm instructing you to carry the small clams, oysters and mussels," He pointed to the dolphins.
And then He told to the crabs, "You who have pincers would be instructed to retain the peace within our realm."
"As you wish," answered the crabs.
And while the God of the Sea is still instructing the rest of the creatures, everyone saw that the whitest of the squids were on their way to the meeting carried by thousands of gourami fish which are almost in tears because of their heavy sitters. The poor gouramis crept into the entrance of the kingdom after the squids got off their backs.
"Give way for us!" yelled the squids as the swordfish blocked their way.
"What's with all the brawling?" asked the God as He heard all the commotion. " Why are you all gasping for breath?" He asked the squids.
"We're late. We had fun swimming around and didn't notice the time. And those swordfish are blocking our way! They are so boastful! Who they think they are?"
Irritated, the squids dugged their siphons on the muddy water and squirted it on the swordfish who hid behind the God. And as the crabs are about to come near the squids with their pincers ready, the squids got their siphons ready and aimed it on the crabs. Scared of the dark substance that the squid would squirt, the crabs ran away. This provoked the God of the Sea.
"Wait a minute. You are giving tasks. And what do you have for us? Sure is something pleasant. Our sons are nifty and our daughters are indeed pretty," boasted the squids.
The squids grabbed the list that they saw the God is holding in His hands. It enraged them when they saw that there's no task for them to do for the kingdom. Their name isn't on the list. They ripped the list off and squirted their black ink to everyone around them.
The God of the Sea can't get hold of himself anymore. He called all the crabs to arrest the squids and stated, "Your clan needs to be punish! You don't have to dip your siphon in the mud from now on. I'm giving you all the black ink you need and it would be all over your whole body."
"In that very moment, the squids turned darkish in color with a black ink that they continuously squirt.