Philippine Legend: The Legend of the Fly, the Cockroach and the Mosquito
Of these three insects, which one you hate the most? Or we could just say we hated all of these three.
But as fruits, animals, and places has their legends, so are these insects and pest. And here's an interesting Filipino legend on how did these three came into existence.
So what's the legend of the mosquito, fly, and cockroach?
There was a wealthy woman who was known for her kindness and being helpful of those in need that's why her residence is always visited of people who needs her help.
And so one day, a stranger had stopped by in her place and told her. "I'm going to leave this three children in your care if you don't mind. They weren't my children but I created them."
Because of what the stranger had told her, the woman can't find a word to say and got confused about what she heard. The stranger on the other hand, took the opportunity to leave quickly before the woman can process what she just heard. She just can't figure out "they weren't my kids but I created them."
And because she was just such a considerate woman, she took the three boys into her care.
The five adopted girls were so happy to see the new kids as they are going to have new playmates. But the two elder house maids weren't happy when they saw the three strange boys. They feel nervous instead when they saw the three boys named Mok, Pipis and Ngaw. To them, the three kids doesn't look like normal. There feel something wasn't right about the three.
They knew their hunch was right as the girls has always been sick since the boys started living with them. Even the rich woman wondered how can the girls can get unexplained rashes in them. They just can't understand it why all the girls get sick, while on the other hand the boys continuously get healthier. That aside, she was happy to see the development with t he boys. She just wasn't aware how messy and hard headed the three boys were when she's wasn't around. They also makes the girls cry or bully them.
One night, the elder housemaids discovered the secret of the boys! They caught the three transformed into disgusting insects. Everytime Ngaw took a flight and perched, and Pipis swiftly crawl, both leaves bacteria on the other kids food and drinks. And the third boy? He's a small buzzing busy insect sucking the sleeping kids blood transferring from one kid to another.
The horrified maids immediately went to the master of the house, the rich woman and told her what they had seen. But to their disappointment, their story was unbelievable to her as the three boys are just kind and well behave to her when she's around. So the two house helpers just decided to keep an eye to the three boys, so when they became insects they will catch them for their master to see. But the boys were just smart as they didn't became insects again, thou they still continuously hit the girls.
The boys approached the girls while playing on the yard one afternoon and beat the girls without any warning. Because of the pain, the five beaten girls can't help but cried out loud. And this got the attention of the elder maids together with the wealthy woman that was currently at home at that time. The kids didn't noticed a strange boy that appeared out of nowhere.
"At last I found you three! Get ready now. You boys doesn't deserve to be humans," the strange kid said.
But the three boys ignored him, like as if they didn't hear anything. The poor boy, he got beaten too by the three. Without them noticing, the elder housemaids and the house owner who adopted them are now witnessing and knows how misbehaved they really are. She got so mad and almost to the point that she could drag the adopted boys out of her property. The boys smirked and with their hidden fangs showing, they all stared at the woman glaringly.
They all can't moved to their shocked as the boys are approaching. They don't know what to do. At that moment, the young boy who suddenly appeared mediated between them. A cherub he was!
"By the name of the most Almighty! I command you three to go back to your former forms, cursed creatures!" he ordered.
With a blink of an eye, the three boys transformed into insects. They weren't really humans at all the woman thought to herself.
Which of the three you hated the most?
The cherub explained the mystery with the three boys. To his explanation, he said that there were some rebellious angels who intervened and tampered the sacred work at hand of the Creator. These angels created and gave life to loathful small insects. And from being disrespectful of this rebellious angels, together with the insects they had created, was punished and cast off to the earth.
Those who fell into quagmires, dirty and smelly places became harmful insects or pests. Although they are a threat to the human's health, the Creator had decided to let them stay on earth so that humans will learn to be hygienic, and with being clean, it would be easier to vanish the harmful insects or pest that causes sicknesses.
After this, the cherub suddenly disappeared.
Other Legends to Read
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- The Legend Of The Turtle
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- The Legend Of The Monkey
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- The Legend Of The Lizard
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- The Legend Of The Goose
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- The Legend Of The First Rooster
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After the cherub disappeared, all three kinds of pests that looks like Mok, Pipis and Ngaw appeared. The two kinds crawls and buzz at night while the other kind flies in the daytime. As the occupants started cleaning and keeping the place like this, the insects crawled and flew away from their house. The cherub was right, this insects doesn't like to be around clean areas.
Since then, the people learned to call the insect that looks like Mok, lamok (mosquito) which relies from sucking blood to sleeping humans in order to live. And those that looks like Ngaw, they called langaw (flies) which prefers smelly garbage and landfills. And the breed of Pipis was called ipis (cockroach) which prefers hiding into dark, dirty corners of every homes.
Until now, this pest are continuously the source of bacteria that causes illnesses and damage to people, more of to kids if houses and surroundings are filthy.