Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before eBook

George Turner (writer)
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the Malietoa family has remained unbroken.  To perpetuate the remembrance of the victory, the Salafai district was called Lele’ale’a, or the “Mooring-stick,” and further merged into Faasaleleanga, or “Made sacred to the mooring-stick.”  When the district after that time united to raise war it was called the lifting of the Le’ale’a club of Malietoa; and all the Faasaleleanga people rose and followed wherever Malietoa and the club preceded.

(1.) Sapapalii is the name of the principal settlement of the Malietoa families, and had its origin in one of family heads called Papalii.  The celebrated le’ale’a club disappeared about the time when this chief lived, but the deeds and dynasty passed on to posterity.

(2.) Safotulafai is the political capital of the Faasaleleanga, and the place where their representative parliamentary gatherings are held, especially in times of war.

(3.) Iva, as already referred to, is one of the three divisions of the Faasaleleanga.  It is the name of a village to the south of the capital which, with some neighbouring settlements, takes the place in battle of the advance or attacking party.  Iva means tall.  It is said the name originated in a man who undertook to build a house without scaffolding, and from his continued stretching upward added to his stature, and gave a name to the place.

(4.) Amoa is the name of a district in a northeasterly direction which protects the capital on that side.  Some say its name originated in the fort of the chief Moa which was there during the Tongan invasion; others trace it to a foreign courtship.  Of old, they say, the women courted the men, but now it is the reverse.  A lady from Fiji called Moa came to seek a husband, and found one in a chief called Nonu, and hence the place was called Amoa, or the settlement of Lady Moa.

2.  O LE ITU TAOA, the side of Taoa, was the name of the north side of Savaii.  Latterly it has been called the side of men, from their bravery in the war against Aana in 1830.  But before that it was called the side of Taoa, after a chief of that name of Fijian descent.  Tao means a spear, and was regarded by the people as an emblem of their heroism as well as their name.  When they went to Manono to fight for them in avenging the death of Tamafainga, they laid down a heap of spears in token of their alliance.

(1.) Saleaula had its origin in a chief called Aula, of the ancient house of Lafai, who, having distinguished himself in battle, was invited to live there, and take the lead in politics and war; and hence it became the name of the village, and the principal place for public meetings on that side of the island.  He had a brother called Tufunga, or carpenter, who acted as premier in the Faasaleleanga district.

(2.) Lealatele, or “the great road,” is the name which embraces a number of villages to the east of Saleaula, and had its name from the ten-mile stretch of level road there.

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