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Nareau And The Sun

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Nareau's reflection was the sole light inside the Bomatemaki because the other sources were still inactive. Nareau reached out his hands and started cleaning the dust and dirt on the bigger light source. As he did so, he chatted out a strange chant:

          Bon te ai ngkoe (you are the fire)
          Bakani kauti matam (open your eyes)
          Kauti matam te ai (open your eyes fire)
          Tabeki buraeni matam O! (raise your eye lashes O)
          Bwa bon te ai ngkoe (as you really is fire)
          Katei buraen matam O! (straighten your eye lashes O)
          Bwa bon te ai ngkoe (as you really is fire)
          Te bwa te bwa te bwa (the rock the rock the rock)
          Te nari te nari te matoatoa O! (the hardest O)

Bright light and heat shot out of that object! Nareau called the object the 'ai' (fire) but people later changed its name to 'Taai' (sun). Then Nareau said to the 'ai':

          Ko na oota ngkoe (you must shine)
          Bwa otan aonteaba (light of the land)
          Bwa ko na riki ngkoe (you will become)
          Bwa manin te aba (marker of the land)
          Te bwa te bwa te bwa (the rock the rock the rock)
          Te nari te nari te matoatoa O! (the hardest O)

And there was the sun bringing heat and light.

Categories: Legends & Myths

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