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Karakin Matari - E kororo bukin te bakoa are teaina (Mwakoro 5)

Posted by Amota Eromanga on February 23, 2019 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Ngke e euta atuna Matari ao e a noora Bakoa, are e tekateka ni kaitaraa. E a toki raoi ngkai nanon Matari bwa e a bon tibwa itaramata ma Bakoa are e a boongata arana inanon taningana mani uarerekena. Akea te kakarongoa ngkai a tabe moa uaakai ni kamwataua tarakiia i bon irouia.

Ai tera te mwaneaba aio n te tai aei? E onrake nanona ao tinanikuna irouia kaain Moone bwa kaitaraan ao kan noran te roko aio. A boni babane kaain marawa ni moa mai irouia bakoa ...

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Nang Keneia

Posted by Amota Eromanga on February 19, 2019 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

At Kiebu on Makin, there lived a man called Nang Keneia. The people of Kiebu at that time, occasionally went to Butaritari to attend the dancing festival. After preparing all that was required and needed, people had to wait for the day of the trip.

When the day came, the people got onto the ‘baurua’ (big sailing canoe) which would take them to Butaritari. The canoe went on its first then second trip taking many people there, however Nang Keneia hardly care of the commotion.

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Karakin Matari - E kororo bukin te bakoa are teaina (Mwakoro 4)

Posted by Amota Eromanga on February 14, 2019 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)


I mwiin te tai ae aki rangi ni maan, ao akea bwa a manga otirake mai taari n te tabo teuana ike e a mena te aba i etaia. E iabuti te tabo are a otirake iai ao man aki toko waeia, aingaia are a uauarake riki teutana ni kaea eta. Ngke a toko waeia ma aontano ao a nakonako ni karaurau rinanon taian rawarawa ake a mena imwaaia. E rimoa kaain taari ao man taorimwiaki iroun Matari.

Ma ai aki akora bwaai ake a tauraoi ao mani wene n tataninga inanon taian rawar...

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The story of Nei Takarara

Posted by Amota Eromanga on October 13, 2016 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

As the big tree known as 'Te Kaintikuaba' finally collapsed, Nei Takarara left the tree and went to the island of Nabanaba. She brought the seed of the tree with her. Arriving at Nabanaba, two men - Tauaba and Nakekea - met and married her. Nei Takarara soon gave birth to a daughter whom she named Tekanuea.

There was also a man by the name of Tearikintarawa who lived on the island of Tarawa. With him were his wife, Nei Tarawa, and only daughter Nei Terieri. Everyday, Nei Teri...

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Nabureiwa and the traditional dance known as Te Karanga (Part 2)

Posted by Amota Eromanga on March 25, 2016 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (2)

Tetaake and Nabureiwa swam out to the ocean. Suddenly Nabureiwa felt being falling into a deep hole of water. Shortly and as Tetaake assured, they had landed now at Tetaake’s father’s island in a world beneath the sea. The name of this beautiful island was Moone. Together the couple walked to their father Bakoa whom delighted to see them. Bakoa was the king of Moone. Nabureiwa was stunned to know his wife was more than an ordinary lady - the princess of Moone and the only daughter...

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Nabureiwa and the traditional dance known as Te Karanga (Part 1)

Posted by Amota Eromanga on January 15, 2016 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

There was once a young man by the name of Nabureiwa who lived at Kauake village on the island of Aranuka. One day he went out fishing in the ocean. While fishing he suddenly felt a strong tug onto his line so he pulled back in return. As he was busy pulling the line, he saw the long human hair beside his canoe. Curiosity made him forgot all about his catch and instead started pulling onto the hair. He pulled and pulled until a lady appeared onto the water surface. Nabureiwa couldn’t bel...

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The First Breadfruit Tree

Posted by Amota Eromanga on September 15, 2013 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Long ago, on one of the islands of the Marshalls, there lived a king with his three daughters. The daughters were happy but their father was not happy. The king was thinking hard about how to get some flowers from a special plant called kaura. Every king’s daughter in the Marshall islands had to plait these special flowers into a crown. Daughters had to crown themselves when they became young women.

One day, the king whispered to his eldest daughter. The princess nodded ...

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The Mystery Ladies of Marakei

Posted by Amota Eromanga on September 15, 2013 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Marakei is a beautiful atoll in Kiribati. It is a perfect Pacific island atoll, an almost complete circle of land with a shallow lagoon in the middle. The people of Marakei are happy and love to sing and dance. They are blessed with rich land and many fish from the lagoon and the ocean.

The legend of the four ghosts of Marakei claims to give the reason for all of the good things found on the island. Each of these ghosts has the name of a woman. They are sometimes called godde...

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Kaiboia and Butaritari

Posted by Amota Eromanga on August 8, 2013 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Many years ago, at Buariki village on Tarawa lived Kaboia and his wife. He was nothing but lazy bones. He didn’t cut toddy or went fishing and his bwabwai pits were the only ones in the village that lay uncultivated. All he loved doing was staying home - sleeping on his buia; while young men in his village would go fishing, cut toddy or work inside their bwaibwai pits located out in the bush. His wife often encouraged him to stop being lazy and be active like the others but he just cou...

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Nei Taia and Nei Taina

Posted by Amota Eromanga on May 23, 2013 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Tabwakea and his wife Nei Unikai went to Samoa. There, they had two children, Taninganikauongo and Nei Kimoauea. Taninganikauongo later went back and lived in Tarawa while Nei Kimoauea stayed in Samoa.

Down at ‘moone’ (world at the bottom of the sea), Bakewa (the brother of Tabwakea) and his wife Nei Wiriki also had three children; Bakoauea (king shark), Bakoaun (killer shark) and the youngest Na Atia. Bakoauea later married and had a son named Na Tababa (tiger sh...

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