For this task, I’ve borrowed an old Filipino legend story about ‘why the Sun chases the Moon’. I initially read the story to a friend and then asked her to either draw or write in words what she has heard. Subsequently, I described her drawings and wrote it. I then repeated the process but reading the description of her drawings to the next person and so on... So far, I find it interesting that the story condenses and sometimes some elements are added as the process goes on. People pick out what they remember or particles that stood out to them from what they heard. I also think that people’s cultural background affect how they understand and interpret the story; which gives varieties. It’s a fun exercise as it allows people’s imaginations run and there’s a factor of unpredictability.
Drawings/Sketches by: Alice Lui, Zina Ali, Syeda Begum, Louise Green, Shangomola Edunjobi,Yui Yahata and Kashif Nasir
WHY THE SUN FOLLOWS THE MOON The Sun and the Moon used to be married and shared the sky. One day the Moon had to gather vegetables in the forest and asked the Sun to watch over their children. She warned him not to get too near the sleeping kids because they might get burnt. He watches the kids from a distance but, because he wanted to kiss them, forgot his wifeâ€™s warning. He goes over near his children and, horrified, sees them melt. He hides in the forest. His wife, the Moon, returns to find her children all melted. After some time, the Sun shows himself to the Moon.They fight: He throws the vegetables to her face and she leaves him. On a clear night, when the Moon is full, you will see traces of vegetable leaves on her face. Their children have turned into stars, while the Sun keeps chasing after the Moon in an attempt to reconcile.
The Sun and the Moon were once in love and had children. One day, the Moon went shopping and left the Sun with the children. The children melted. The Sun was horrified and hid in the forest. The Moon came back and found her children all melted. The Moon went to hunt for the Sun and they had a fight. They were throwing vegetables at each other, then the Sun threw a vegetable at the Moonâ€™s face. On a clear night, when the Moon is full, you can see traces of vegetable leaves on her face. Their children have become stars, while the Sun keeps chasing the Moon in an attempt to reconcile.
The Sun melted the Moon, The Moonâ€™s drippings turned into jam. Two people fought over the jam; one wins, the other with nothing...
The Sun had a smirk on his face and decides to go near the Moon. The Moon started to melt and dripped into the Earth. Two men decided to pick a bucket and catch the Moonâ€™s sweat.
The Sun moved closer to the Moon. The Moon started melting into the sea. Two men decided to sail into the sea with a giant bucket and catch the Moonâ€™s sweat.
The Sun sneaked beside the Moon. The Moon started melting into the sea. The stars were shook with this sight. Two men decided to sail and catch the Moonâ€™s sweat with their buckets.
The Sun and the Moon had a fight and fell into the sea. The stars were sad and cried. The moon started to melt and bore sweets on its surface. Two men sailed across the sea and saw the Sun and the Moon sink.
The Moon and the Sun fights. The Moon tries to drown the Sun into the sea. Two men sailed across the sea as they continued to fight. The stars were saddened by this and cried.