DOBES Archive

Kae-TU
This session contains the old Polynesian legend of Kae (Marquesan version); Kae is eaten by a shark which takes him to the mythical island of Vainoki where he cuts himself open with a shark tooth; only women live on Vainoki who do not know men and fertilise themselves by the roots of the panadanus tree; the women only give birth to girls by a caesarean by which the mothers die; Kae ends this cruel custom by showing them how to give birth naturally.
Kopuhorotoe-TU
Legend of a mermaid being pregnant with crustaceans and sea animals