Stories From Kiribati
|Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 11, 2012 at 4:20 AM|
Nei Nimwanoa lived with her brothers Uamumuri, Nanikain and Tabutoa close to the sea.There was a man who came from Nei Tituabine's offsprings whom he lived in the bush. His name was Waitangitau. One day, Waitangitau went westward towards the coast when he happened to meet Nei Nimwanoa. They became husband and wife. After a while, they had a son whom they named Takarano. Nei Nimwanoa's brothers hated the baby and killed him. Nei Nimwanoa buried her baby on the tabuki (small hill) called Tetongo. Out of the buried body came Nang Kautabuki whom became the grandson of Nei Nimwanoa.
One time, Kautabuki made a trip to the north and arrived at Nikunau where he married Nei Nouo. The couple lived at the place called Tetabuki named after the husband and soon they had three children - Uamumuri 2, Tabutoa 2 and Nei Nimwanoa 2. These children were huge.
When these children grew up, they decided to tour to the north. They couldn't get a canoe so they just walked eventhough the islands were divided by vast ocean. As they walked, the ocean went up only to their ankles.
On their way, they ran out of water and food at Tarawa just opposite Taratai village. So the brothers asked their sister Nei Nimwanoa to wade ashore and to collect food and drink for them. Nei Nimwanoa went up onland where she was met by a man named Naubwebwe whom asked for marriage.
"Would you marry me?" proposed Naubwebwe.
Nei Nimwanoa admitted that she needed the approval of her brothers.
Her brothers agreed but they reminded Nei Nimwanoa that if she had children she must not forget them. Nei Nimwanoa went back to Naubwebwe whom he was waiting for her on the beach. They got married hence Nei Nimwanoa did not know that her husband worked for Beiamatekaai.
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