This story comes from the Ilocos region of the Philippines. It is the story of a magical boy-man, born while his father is away making war and how that accident of history affects his life and the people in it.
His father's death avenged, Lam-Ang returns to his hometown a full-grown hero. Before seeing his mother, he dives into the river Amburayan to wash off the war. But he is so filthy, bloody, and stinky, every fish in the river dies. Despite the stench, his reputation attracts available young women who jump into the river to help him bathe, but Lam-Ang has his heart set on someone he has only heard of, the unspeakably beautiful Ines Kannoyan, and he tells his mother. 2b1af7f3a8