Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before eBook

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3.  A third account says that Utuvamua was the elder brother and Utuvamuli the younger, and that during a great war on earth they escaped to the heavens.  That the hills are the heaps of slain covered over by earth dug up from the valleys, and that when the two brothers look down upon them their weeping and wailing and maddening exasperation occasion the storm and the hurricane.

4.  The month was also called Aitu tele, great god, from the principal worship of the month.  At another place it was named Tangaloa tele, for a similar reason.

FEBRUARY.

1.  This month was called Toe utu va, or digging again, and so named from the yam crop.

2.  The name is also explained as the further digging up of the winds to raise storms.

3.  Aitu iti, or small gods, is another name, from the worship of the inferior household gods in that month.

MARCH.

1.  Called Faaafu, or withering, from the withering of the yam vine and other plants, which become coloured “like the shells.”

2.  Taafanua is another name of the month, which means, roam or walk about the land, being the name of a god worshipped in that month.

3.  Called also Aitu iti, or small gods, from the household gods then worshipped, and who were specially implored to bless the family for the year “with strength to overcome in quarrels and in battle.”

APRIL.

1.  This month was called Lo, from the name of a small fish which comes in plentiful shoals at that time.

2.  Called also Fanonga, or destruction, the name of a god worshipped at the eastern extremity of the group during that month.

MAY.

1.  Called Aununu, or stem crushed, from the crushed or pulverised state of the stem of the yam at that time.  Others say it was so named from multitudes of malicious demons supposed to be wandering about at that time.  Even the fish of the sea were supposed to be possessed and unusually savage in this month.  May is often an unhealthy month, being the time of transition from the wet season to the dry, and hence the crushing sickness and superstitious vagaries.

2.  Called also on one island Sina, or white, from the worship of a goddess of that name there.

JUNE.

This month was called Oloamanu, or the singing of birds, it was thus named from the unusual joy among the birds over a plentiful supply of favourite buds and berries.  The bright scarlet flowers of the “Erythrina indica” begin then to come out and attract a host of parrakeets and other happy chirpers.

JULY.

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