To Laugh is to Live

Long ago the gods came to the earth, but there were no people. They said, ‘it is good if there are people. We will make a man and a woman.’ They took some earth and made two people and stood them up. They plucked the feathers from a chicken and made it jump, saying, We shall make them laugh so that they will be alive.’ Then one of the people laughed. He became a man. The other heard the first and laughted also and became a woman.’

A legend of the Kankanay people of Cordillera area of the Philippines. Found in the book Filipinos Writing: Philippine Literature From the Regions, edited by Bienvenido Lumbera

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