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King Kewe And Nei Aromaeao

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 4, 2012 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (2)

There was once a king called King Kewe who lived at Buariki village. He was the first king whom greatly admired by his people on his island - Tarawa.

King Kewe was the grandson of Ten Tebau, the elder brother of Te Arikintarawa and the sibling of those early spirits Ngkoangkoa and Tabwakea.

The king had a wall which was built up from atirababa (hard flat rock). The wall was about sixty feet long, forty feet wide and three feet high. He had an average size mwaneaba and it was the s...

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Tabwakea And Bakoa

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 4, 2012 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Everyone got a boti (place) inside the first mwaneba at Buariki except Tabwakea and Bakoa! So while everybody was sitting at their chosen boti, Nareau spoke to Tabwakea, "Your boti is aonteaba (land) and you will administer it!" He turned to Bakoa and said, "And yours is marawa (ocean)!"

Hatred between the two began and it continued until these present days. Thus, Tabwakea often won over Bakoa.

Nareau then spoke to aonteaba,"Produce as much as you can for the sake o...

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The First Mwaneaba And Boti

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 4, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

When Ngkoangkoa had come down, Nareau said to everyone, "Let's all go inside the mwaneaba (meeting hall) so everybody gets a boti (a place to sit). Each of you is free to choose any place you like." The mwaneaba was not very far from Routanikarawa and the distance between the two was said to be a stone's throw.

Nareau went first followed by Ngkoangkoa, Nei Tituabine, Nabwawe, Karitoro, Rikannaaba, Toronaaba, Ten Tika, Tabuariki, Auriaria, Tabwakea, Bakoa, Kaobunang and Nei...

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Nareau And The Moon

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

When 'Taai' was all clean and clear, it began to shine. Nareau then went to the second weaker light source and started cleaning and dusting its surface. And he uttered another unusual chant:

          Teirake naba ngkoe (stand up you too)
          Aram namwakaina (your name is moon)
          Ko na oota ma ootam ae (shine with)
          Te nuka n oota (middle shine)

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Nareau And The Sun

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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)

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Nareau and The Bomatemaki Floor

Posted by Amota Eromanga on May 29, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

When the 'bora' (top part or roof) of the bomatemaki was fully raised up, Nareau asked everyone to come and sit around him with Ngkoangkoa . Then he said to them, "Now, the roof of the bomatemaki has been separated from the floor as we have raised the top part. This has been a difficult but successful job done by everyone. I will now finish everything that needs to be done to the floor. But before that let me name the roof as 'Karawa' (sky) and the floor as 'Tarawa' (land), and water there as...

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Nareau and The Bomatemaki

Posted by Amota Eromanga on May 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Nareau's head was now full of thoughts. His nose started to get wiggled and finally gave out a great sneeze. Out of his sneeze fell an enormous turtle-shell like object. The center of this object was too low and narrow for anybody to sit straight in it.

The bottom part of this round object was composed of sand and water. Its center was raised but the side was closed all around. This object was Te Bomatemaki which had really come out of Nareau's sneeze.

Nareau stared carefully at t...

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Nareau The Creator

Posted by Amota Eromanga on May 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Well before existence, there was a god called Nareau. He just floated all by himself sleeping on nothing.

As he did so, he heard a voice calling him, "Nareau! Why are you doing that?" Quite amazed, he opened his eyes to see who was calling him. He saw nothing so he closed his eyes again.

A while later, the same voice called Nareau for the second time, "Nareau, aren't you bored doing nothing but sleeping?" Again Nareau looked around to see who made the sound. None could he only see...

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