Legends (open)

How the dugongs came to Asitavi: An old woman provides drinking water for her family which she gets from a secret place. As her son-in-law spies on her, she jumps into the water and becomes a dugong.
Gii, a stupid boy, does not listen to his mother and does everything wrong.
Two sisters are married to Bukimeasun, a fisherman. When the mother-in-law treats them badly, they run away and jump from a poosusu tree into a clamshell, which spits out their blood onto a poosusu tree. Today this tree still has red leaves.
An evil witch called Motaasun afflicts an old woman. When the grandsons realise this, they outsmart Motaasun and kill her.
The one-legged boy Gaagin goes fishing with a goanna lizzard, who provides him with the leg of his lizzard-grandmother.
The old woman Materua turns out to be a man-eater.
An old woman collects firewood. When a young man steals her wood, she catches him and does not let him free until the whole village tricks her. While searching for the man, she drowns.
One day a dove drops a galip nut on the beach. Since the people don´t know the nut, a boy tries to find out where it came from. From his journey he brings back a beautiful woman. When his brother also tries to find a beautiful woman, he behaves disrespectfully and gets an old woman instead.
A group of boys plays a trick on a giant who polishes nose-jewellery. They snatch the jewellery and break it.
When Kousiaga goes to a piuvu dance by himself, his wife follows him in disguise. He doesn´t recognise her and dances with her.
A galip nut tree only drops its nuts when a special song is sung. One day a giant secretly listens to children singing this song. When he succeeds in getting the nuts, he eats too much of them and dies.
During her initiation ceremony Masiarapuu has to stay hidden in a tree, because her relatives did not prepare an initiation hut for her. She only comes down when her mother brings food and calls for her. One day a giant is listening and calls for Masiarapuu. When she comes down, he eats her. As soon as the village people realise this, they kill him.
Legend; a pig is devastating a village. The villagers flee in their canoes to an island and leave a pregnant woman behind. She flees into a cave where she gives birth and stays with the child. When the child is grown up, he kills the pig and the villagers can return to their place.
An old woman stabs the children to death who are coming to ask for fire. In the end they are rescued and brought back to life with the help of the clever boy Sitaegoraa.
A woman has given birth to five little fish. When she breastfeeds them in the mangroves, her husband secretly watches her and later catches a fish which he cooks and gives her to eat. He does the same to a second fish, but the woman recognises her child and chases the remaining three fish away. Today this kind of fish is only found in the deep sea and not in the mangroves.
Legend; two brothers go fishing, every day the older brother leaves the younger brother with some excuse, puts off his head and dives. One day the younger brother watches him. While he is diving, he takes his head and buries it. Later a coconut grows from the head.
A couple of giants from the mountains come down to the coast at low-tide. Thinking that the reef is dry land, they plant a banana garden and go back home. When they discover the next day that their garden has been destroyed, they get angry because they think that other people did it.
Monkey and Hurricane compete to see who is stronger. Hurricane wins.
Taguone is a girl who originated from a lump of clay and therefore must not get wet. When she marries, her negligent mother-in-law takes her to the reef. When the tide comes in, Taguone dissolves in the seawater.
A giant threatens two children who stole breadfruits from his tree, but the children blind him by throwing ripe breadfruit into his face.


Ulrike Mosel, Enoch Horae Magum, and Shalom Magum. (2003 - 2006). Item "Legends (open)" in collection "Teop". The Language Archive. https://hdl.handle.net/1839/00-0000-0000-0004-D8AF-2. (Accessed 2023-01-30)

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