Tau Tana

Tau Tana emerged from below the earth to help Melú finish the creation of the first men. Melú did not want his assistance and a great argument ensued. Tau Tana won his point and made the noses, which he placed on the people upside down. Then the two whipped the forms until they moved.

During the time of a great flood, the people almost drowned because the water ran off their heads into their noses. Melú saw their predicament and saved their lives by turning their noses the other side up.



  • Cole, Fay-Cooper. (1913). The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao. Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History, p. 136.
  • Cook Cole, Mabel. (1916). Philippine Folk Tales. Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co.