The World Rests on the Back of a Toad
The saru believe that the world rests on the back of a giant toad, which they call Pakweesa, “the Ancient One.” According to them, Pakweesa has been sitting for eons, trying to catch the sun, and sometimes after a rain-shower, its many-colored tongue may be seen, reaching out across the sky.
Some also maintain that the moon is in reality one of Pakweesa’s eyes, opening and closing at regular intervals. Wise men say that Pakweesa is wont to stir from time to time, causing the ground to lurch and shake. His other eye is always turned toward the sun, which he watches hungrily. If he ever succeeds in swallowing it, this would mean eternal darkness and, by and by, the end of our world. So the saru offer him gifts to appease his hunger.
Pakweesa’s existence is also the reason why no saru would ever harm a toad – they fear the Ancient One’s wrath.