Friday, September 2, 2011

I have no idea what an utak looks like, because it's a legendary bird, like the phoenix.  But a crow (like the one above) is as good a substitute as any, especially since the utak was not considered a lovable bird.

I have heard two versions of the myth.  The more prominent one is that the utak could be heard crying at night when a woman (often unmarried) was pregnant.  The utak was announcing the secret.

The less frequent version is that if you heard the utak at night over your house, someone in the family was going to die very soon.
Taya' na ma lili'e pat ma huhungok esta i itak.
Kao guiya este i rason?

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