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The Heavenly World

The Heavenly World

Once upon a time, three brothers and two sisters lived in the sky. One day, the lesser of all, Parpara, went fishing and lost the hook that had been lent to his older brother, Han. Hain was very angry with Parpara and said in a thundering voice: “Go find it right now!”

Immediately, Parpara dived into the water to locate the hook. As he was in the water, he met a fish, who asked him what he was looking for. Parpara explained to the fish the story, and it was willing to help him in his mission. As the Parpara and the fish swam, they encountered another fish in their path, on whose throat something had been wedged, which almost caused him to suffer asphyxiation. Finally, the lost hook was in the throat of the fish. Parpara hungrily returned the hook to his Brother Han.

However, the story did not end there: Parpara could not forgive his brother for the authoritarian way he spoke to him and decided to organize a prank against him. He decided to hang a jug with a palm kernel over his brother’s headrest so that as soon as he awakens him, it would whip him into the head. Indeed, once Han woke up, the jug dropped to the head and the wine scattered everywhere. Parpara angry cried to his brother, “Now look the damage you did to me, you poured my palm, I want it back!” As soon as he heard his brother, Han began scraping and digging the soil, so that he did not absorb the spilled wine. He dug up with such anxiety that he, finally, managed to open a hole that was very deep as the underworld.

The two siblings saw the hole and did not believe it. Finally, they forgot their bruise. “What will be hide down there?” Asked Parpara, “let’s have a look,” Han replied. So, they tied a dog with ropes and dropped it down. When they raised him up again, they were surprised that the dog’s feet were full of pure white sand. This sign made them curious to find out what was in the underworld.

So the five brothers took the dog and they went down to the underworld. As they went down, they looked down at their younger sister, who had come down late. But she was shaken while seeing them. At that time, the people, who lived in the heavenly world, seeing what had happened, feared so much that they pulled her up with the rope. This move resulted in the remaining brothers being trapped forever in the underworld. and becoming our first ancestors.

This myth originates from the Kai islands, in southeast Indonesia. Indeed, it does not seem strange that the dog’s feet were full of pure white sand. Nowadays, these islands are world famous for their white sandy beaches.

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