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Rated: E · Poetry · Mythology · #2187763
This dragon comes from Philippines Mythology
Dragons of old, so wild and bold
Lived long ago in stories told
As the Bakunawa of the sea,
Sky - from Philippine mythology

A serpent-like dragon of foul play
Believed to leave everything in disarray
Accused of causing eclipses, rains,
Earthquakes, and maybe even hurricanes

It's said he tried to swallow the moon
During an eclipse, but changed his tune
When villagers made a loud commotion
That chased him back into the ocean

It's said his mouth's as big as a lake
His red tongue can make grown men shake
Known to eat humans - upon them he'd creep
But it's told that music will put him to sleep

He's known as 'God of the underworld'
His sister, the sea turtle, made a big stir
When a large wave followed her ashore -
To lay her eggs which caused a turf war

Many were afraid that their island size
Grew smaller whenever she arrived
The people became angry, they killed her
Brother dragon's wrath was again revived

He began to eat their seven moons
Which angered their supreme god, *Bathala,
She banished the dragon away from his sea
Hence, without Bakunawa, her people were free

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Written for:
DreamTime Dragon's Poem Contest  (E)
A Poetry contest with a dragon prompt. Round 15.
#1768488 by eyestar~Happy 13th POWER crew!

*In Philippine mythology, Bathala is the highest-ranking god of the ancient Tagalog people - also known to be the creator of all things ā€” the sea, the sky, the earth, and all the plants.

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