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How Banaba Looked Like A Capsized Canoe

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 6, 2012 at 4:05 AM

Long ago, in one of his adventurous trips, Auriaria (half human and spirit and early member of the Bomatemaki) came to the island of Banaba. Upon his arrival, the villagers hated him and secretly planned to kill him. Because he looked strong and fierce, they decided to poison him.

People brought him a lot of food. There were bunches of unhusked coconuts stuck to sharp branchy stems, as well as giant taro (bwabwai) full of mud and roots. Fish were also brought but among these fish were poisonous puffer and sharp spiky fish.

Without looking at his food, Auriaria gobbled them all. Oh, poor him! He instantly got very sick, so he rushed back to his mother's island.

He stayed home for days until he was recovered and strong again. Then he asked his mother if he could continue his tour. Knowing where he would go and what would happen, his mother gave him his war staff called the ibi.

Well, Auriaria went back to Banaba, this time for revenge. He pushed his staff through and into the middle of Banaba and turned the island upside down.

Since then, the island of Banaba looked like a capsized canoe - from the distance!


Categories: Legends & Myths

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