Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before eBook

George Turner (writer)
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4.  Tangaloa of the heavens and his son Lu built a canoe or vessel up in the heavens.  They were aided by a carpenter called Manufili.  When finished it was taken down and set on the Laueleele, or surface of the earth.  There was no sea at that time.

Lu had a wife called Gaogao o le tai, expanse of sea.  She had a son who was also called Lu, and when he grew up the vessel was given to him.  When she next brought forth it was a lot of all kinds of shell-fish.  Lu said to his mother, “What is the use of having all these things lying there bare in the sun?” “Leave it with me to make a lake for them,” was her reply; and then she told him to go and get his vessel in order, and be ready to get into it when the sea was made.

The sea was the product of the next birth.  Lu caught two fowls, and when the sea rose took them with him into the vessel.  He was not many days afloat, some say six, when his vessel rested on the top of the mountain called Malata, in Atua, east end of Upolu.  Lu lived there at the village called Uafato, and had there his Sa Moa, or preserve fowls, which were not to be killed.  Another story says that Lu came from the west with his fowls, and that from his crew all the islands of the group were peopled.  He was said to have come from Pulotu, Papatea, Pau, Vau, Aoao, and Ngaelu.  Others say he came with his fowls direct from Tafiti apaau, or the Winged Fiji.

Two of the people of Tangaloa of the heavens came down to fish.  As they were returning with two baskets of fish, the fowls of Lu leaped up to peck at the fish.  The lads caught and killed the precious preserve, or Sa Moa, and ran off with them to the heavens.

In the morning Lu missed the fowls, and went off in search of them.  He saw from the unbroken early morning cobwebs across the roads east and west, that no one had passed along there.  He suspected the fishing party from the heavens, and away he went up there from the top of the mountain.  He had nothing in his hand but his fly-flapper.

In the first heavens he smelled roast fowl, and presently he came upon the two culprits as they were eating, and believed that they were crunching the bones of the very fowls of which he was in search.  He charged them.  They did not deny, but commenced to lay the blame the one on the other, and hence the proverb to this day:  “It was not I, but you.”  He set upon both of them with his fue, or fly-flapper, and hence the word to fue, or to fly-flapper, is used as a milder term to express beating or killing.

Away the lads fled, and he after them up through the nine heavens, laying out on them with his fue.  When they reached the tenth heaven, Tangaloa made his appearance and called out, “What is all this about?  Don’t you know this is Malae totoa, the place of rest?  There must be no fighting here.”

In the tenth heaven no strife was allowed; the place was kept beautifully clean, no rubbish to be seen about the roads, and there were no clubs hanging in the houses.

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