Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before eBook

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When the party returned from the heavens they came down on the rising ground referred to at Lefanga, whence they dispersed, and ever since the place has been called Taape, or Dispersion.

CHAPTER XXII.

POLITICAL DIVISIONS AND PLACES OF NOTE ON SAVAII.

There are three principal divisions of Savaii:—­

1.  THE FAASALELEANGA.—­In prose and poetry this part of the island, and even the whole of Savaii, is often called Sa Lafai, or sacred to Lafai, and among the legends that chief, Lafai, has an early place.  Tupailelei, or Tupai the good, married a daughter of the king of Tonga, and her father ordered that she should go to Tonga some months after her marriage.  She started for Tonga, but the canoe was driven by adverse winds to Fiji, and in remembrance of that she called her first child Vaasiliifiti, “Canoe drifted to Fiji.”

She remained there for a time, but again set out to try and reach her father in Tonga, but again they missed their destination and could only fetch Samoa.  As Samoa appeared in the horizon her second child was born, and so she named the girl Samoauafotu, or “Samoa in sight.”  It was afterwards abbreviated to Safotu.  Afterwards they went to Tonga, but again returned to Samoa with Vaasiliifiti, who was now a young man and married.  They came with Fotu.  When near Savaii they caught a fai or skate, raised it on the mast and made a sail of it, and from that a son of Vaasiliifiti was called Laifai, or “sail made of the fai.”  After a time they saw a fish nibbling at the fune or core of a bread-fruit, and from that they called another son of Vaasiliifiti Fune or “core.”  In after-times it was arranged that Lafai was to live in one district, Fune in another, and the aunt Fotu between them to prevent quarrelling.  If Lafai commenced strife, Fune and Fotu united to put it down; if Fune took the initiative, then Lafai and Fotu united in restoring peace.

Lafai lived in the place subsequently called Lefaasaleleanga, and divided it into three parts among his three children.  Fotulafai occupied the central and leading part.  So Talalafai was apportioned Iva on the one side, and Muliangalafai on the other.

When the Tongans were victorious for a time in Samoa they lived on the common at Safotu, and thither the people flocked with food and sundry other articles of tribute to the chief of the invaders, Talaaifeii.  Tuna and Fata, two sons of Malietoa Savea, or Malietoa I., went with tribute, but before returning tore up the le’ale’a, or iron-wood mooring-stick to which the Tongan king’s canoe was fastened, and took it away, which was alike an insult and a declaration of war.  With this they made a club, roused all to battle against the invaders, gained a victory over them, which ended in their leaving, after forming a treaty of peace between Samoa and Tonga, which for upwards of twenty generations of

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