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Mrs Katutetang

Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 8, 2012 at 2:45 AM

There was once a female turtle, Nei Katutetang, who lived among the people of Tekairirieta village on Abemama Island. Tekairirieta was a village due north of Kabangaki village.

On one occasion, all the people of Tekairirieta went to Aonobuaka - a village closer to the south end of the island. While everyone was away, there was nobody left in the village except Nei Katutetang.

She waited and waited but no one came to feed her. The more she waited, the more she grew hungry and helpless. At last, she decided to crawl out of her home, a pond dug right in the middle of the village. With sulky feeling, she crawled off and away until she came to Eutamababane, the sea ghost.

When the villagers returned, they looked for their turtle. Her pond was empty with a sign of abandonment. They started tracing her body land mark until they ended up at the ocean side. Nei Katutetang had finally gone back to her real home the sea.

Nowadays, the crawling mark left by Nei Katutetang has become a sea passage dividing the two villages Mwanoku and Kabangaki - Abemama Island.


Categories: Legends & Myths

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