Maranao Myths: Eclipses

Philippine Folk Tales


Up in the sky lives a huge lion named Arimaonga. This animal sometimes gets playful, and it swallows the moon, thus producing an eclipse of the moon. Arimaonga is forced by the people to disgorge the moon by the noise they make during an eclipse of the moon, so people beat gongs and pluck their fingernails.

The eclipse of the sun happens when one of the wheels of the chariot which carries it gets destroyed, thus forcing it to deviate from its regular path.

Back to Philippine Folktales from Different Regions Main Page