Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Matai na Hilitai
This was a picture from the trail at Pagat.
There is no way I cannot feel philosophical about this sight.
A hilitai, crushed and flattened into the earth.
At a place no less which as been controversial for a variety of reasons the past few years.
I find it particularly interesting since hilitai have a habit of following me when I hike.
The first time I tried to catch a hilitai was at Hila'an.
In the area that I call the lemmai grove, I saw one standing atop a lusong.
I tiptoed as quietly as I could to try and reach it.
Naturally I'm not much of a ninja and so the hilitai immediately heard me.
Instead of running though, it just stared at me.
Watching me get closer and closer to it.
Once I was too close, it plodded off the lusong and started to crawl briskly into the jungle.
I raced after it, but couldn't find it.
When the rest of my friends arrived I told them about how I had almost caught a hilitai.
As I spoke it started to rain.
My friend blamed the rain on me bothering the hilitai.
Implying that the hilitai was probably a taotaomo'na.
When I returned to that spot over a year later I found hilitai there again.
This time, there wasn't just one.
There were dozens.
I was certain I was dreaming or hallucinating.
I have never seen so many in one place.
They ran off as soon as they heard me.
Since then every time I see a hilitai I am careful to be respectful.
When I saw this hilitai at the entrance to Pagat I couldn't help but feel philosophical.
"Matai na hilitai" would make an awesome, but morbid kid's book.