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Nei Nimwanoa And Her Brothers

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 11, 2012 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (4)

Nei Nimwanoa lived with her brothers Uamumuri, Nanikain and Tabutoa close to the sea.There was a man who came from Nei Tituabine's offsprings whom he lived in the bush. His name was Waitangitau. One day, Waitangitau went westward towards the coast when he happened to meet Nei Nimwanoa. They became husband and wife. After a while, they had a son whom they named Takarano. Nei Nimwanoa's brothers hated the baby and killed him. Nei Nimwanoa buried her baby on the tabuki (small hill) called Tetong...

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Mrs Katutetang

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 8, 2012 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

There was once a female turtle, Nei Katutetang, who lived among the people of Tekairirieta village on Abemama Island. Tekairirieta was a village due north of Kabangaki village.

On one occasion, all the people of Tekairirieta went to Aonobuaka - a village closer to the south end of the island. While everyone was away, there was nobody left in the village except Nei Katutetang.

She waited and waited but no one came to feed her. The more she waited, the more she grew hungry and helpl...

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Why Ray Fish Live In The Lagoon

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 7, 2012 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

One day, Rimwimata was out fishing. To his amazement, he had caught a mermaid instead of a big fish. She was Nei Tengarengare, daughter of the king of the sea - Bakewa. She was as beautiful as the ocean and for this; Rimwimata fell in love with her at the first glance.

The wedding preparation started. Rimwimata's parents and relatives began to gather food for the wedding feast. As they did so, they laughed at the idea that the bride could only prepare nothing.

"She has no family,...

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The Lady In The Moon

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 7, 2012 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Once, a lady fell to an island from nowhere. She got married to a man and not long after that, they had a pretty little girl. The child was so spoiled that whatever she cried for was granted to her by the parents. She cried a lot and for different desires.

One day, she cried again. This time she wanted to go to the sun and the moon. She cried from morning until night and night to morning for wanting to be taken up there. The father came up to no other choices but to do what his daughter...

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The First Coconut Tree

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 6, 2012 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Once in the past, an elderly man married to his daughter-in-law after the passing away of his only son. Their re-marriage was possible since the father had been a widower for some years. How happy was the father whom he was now the husband of a young and very beautiful lady.

But one thing did not ever changed since their first day of marriage. The young wife would never allow a single kiss from her husband. It was impossible for her and the choice of death was easier than a kiss approva...

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How Banaba Looked Like A Capsized Canoe

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 6, 2012 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Long ago, in one of his adventurous trips, Auriaria (half human and spirit and early member of the Bomatemaki) came to the island of Banaba. Upon his arrival, the villagers hated him and secretly planned to kill him. Because he looked strong and fierce, they decided to poison him.

People brought him a lot of food. There were bunches of unhusked coconuts stuck to sharp branchy stems, as well as giant taro (bwabwai) full of mud and roots. Fish were also brought but among these fish were p...

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Beiamatekaai

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 5, 2012 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (2)

After the death of King Kewe, his brother Kirata Te Rerei came to rule but he was not enthroned to be king until he was old.

However, Kirata Te Rerei's great grandson, Kirata Te Bwataro, became the second king of Tarawa. Kirata Te Bwataro was huge and healthy therefore the elders came to old Kirata Te Rerei and asked that Kirata Te Bwataro was enthroned. Not long after Kirata Te Bwataro ascended to the throne, old Kirata Te Rerei died for he was very old and had tawa (wrinkles on old pe...

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King Kewe And Nei Aromaeao

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (2)

There was once a king called King Kewe who lived at Buariki village. He was the first king whom greatly admired by his people on his island - Tarawa.

King Kewe was the grandson of Ten Tebau, the elder brother of Te Arikintarawa and the sibling of those early spirits Ngkoangkoa and Tabwakea.

The king had a wall which was built up from atirababa (hard flat rock). The wall was about sixty feet long, forty feet wide and three feet high. He had an average size mwaneaba and it was the s...

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Tabwakea And Bakoa

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Everyone got a boti (place) inside the first mwaneba at Buariki except Tabwakea and Bakoa! So while everybody was sitting at their chosen boti, Nareau spoke to Tabwakea, "Your boti is aonteaba (land) and you will administer it!" He turned to Bakoa and said, "And yours is marawa (ocean)!"

Hatred between the two began and it continued until these present days. Thus, Tabwakea often won over Bakoa.

Nareau then spoke to aonteaba,"Produce as much as you can for the sake o...

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The First Mwaneaba And Boti

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

When Ngkoangkoa had come down, Nareau said to everyone, "Let's all go inside the mwaneaba (meeting hall) so everybody gets a boti (a place to sit). Each of you is free to choose any place you like." The mwaneaba was not very far from Routanikarawa and the distance between the two was said to be a stone's throw.

Nareau went first followed by Ngkoangkoa, Nei Tituabine, Nabwawe, Karitoro, Rikannaaba, Toronaaba, Ten Tika, Tabuariki, Auriaria, Tabwakea, Bakoa, Kaobunang and Nei...

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