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A Philippine folktale
Retold by Joanne de Leon
English text by Yuko Saito
and Katherine Rollins

Long ago, there were seven moons
that waxed and waned together.
The people treasured them as jewels in the sky
from the supreme god, Bathala.

Down in the sea,
lived an enormous dragon called Bakunawa,
the god of darkness and despair.
One night, while looking at the moons,
he thought, "The moons are so cool and smooth.
Their brightness could light the bottom of the sea.
I wonder if they are as delicious as they look?"

Bakunawa decided he had to have a moon.
"There are so many moons
no one should notice one missing," he thought.
With a mighty leap he flew from the sea
and swallowed one of the moons.

Bakunawa proudly swam
with a glowing moon in his stomach.
As he swam, the moon moved in his body
tickling him and making him smile.
But soon, he noticed
that the moon was melting away like candy.

―― 以下略 ――

【表紙の画像】 ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ 絵: Joanne De Leon ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆