Philippine Folktales, Myths and Legends
Home | Heavens | Earth | Water | People | Plants | Animals | Misc | Links | About

Introduction
Rainbow, the First
Sun, why it follows Moon

Why the Sun Follows the Moon

The Sun and the Moon used to be married and shared the sky. One day the Moon had to gather vegetables in the forest and asked the Sun to watch over their children. She warned him not to get too near the sleeping kids because they might get burned.

He watches the kids from a distance but, because he wanted to kiss them, forgot his wife's warning. He bends over near his children and, horrified, sees them melt. He hides in the forest. His wife, the Moon, returns to find her children all melted. After some time, the Sun shows himself to the Moon. They fight: He throws the vegetables to her face and she leaves him.

On a clear night, when the Moon is full, you will see traces of vegetable leaves on her face. Their children have turned into stars, while the Sun keeps chasing after the Moon in an attempt to reconcile.

Retold Stories Copyright © 2001-2005 by http://folktales.webmanila.com
Photographs Copyright © 1998-2005 by Manuel Viloria. All Rights Reserved.
Homepage globe is derived from the cover of The Mythology Class,
Copyright © 1999-2005 by Arnold Arre. All Rights Reserved.