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Stories From Kiribati


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Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 5, 2012 at 1:10 PM

After the death of King Kewe, his brother Kirata Te Rerei came to rule but he was not enthroned to be king until he was old.

However, Kirata Te Rerei's great grandson, Kirata Te Bwataro, became the second king of Tarawa. Kirata Te Bwataro was huge and healthy therefore the elders came to old Kirata Te Rerei and asked that Kirata Te Bwataro was enthroned. Not long after Kirata Te Bwataro ascended to the throne, old Kirata Te Rerei died for he was very old and had tawa (wrinkles on old people’s skin - sign is aging ) all over his skin.

King Kirata Te Bwataro was much more respected and honoured by his people in comparison to King Kewe because he was wiser and kind.

At Buariki, there was a tabuki (raise part of land) which was the home of the spirit Nei Kimoauea, princess of Samoa. She was the offspring of Nei Tituabine, one of the early members of Te Bomatemaki. Nei Kimoauea had been living in Samoa for eleven generations but during the twelfth generation, she was caught and brought to Kiribati by the great crew of the canoe known as Te Kaborerei.

Kirata Te Bwataro had a small pond, behind the village, where he usually bathed in. Nei Kimoauea secretly went there to watch the king bathing. She wished to make relationship with him but she hadn't got enough courage to approach him. For this, she kept on watching from the distance. Every time the king left his pond, she would bathe then. She even dried herself with the old towel of coconut leaves the king had left behind. As a result of this habit, Nei Kimoauea became pregnant. She gave birth to a son named Beiamatekaai the great!

Beiamatekaai grew up with his mother at the place called Taubukin Nei Kimoauea. When he had grown into a young man, his mother sent him back to his own father Kirata Te Bwataro.

On his arrival at the king's home, the king and his family instantly recognized him as the true prince. So Beiamatekaai stayed with his father and families.

Later, Beiamatekaai became king after his father. He was so powerful and had great magic so everywhere he went, people would treat him as their king.

Beiamatekaai lived at the time of good knowledge and therefore he gained a lot of skills and knowledge in fishing and cultivation as well as knowledge of navigation between the Tungaru North and Taboora (Ellice region).

He indeed made several remarkable trips between islands using his navigational skills.


Categories: Legends & Myths

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Reply Amota Eromanga
3:00 PM on December 31, 2013 
i'm glad you and your children like kiribati stories :) yes both stories mentioned kimoauea, She might be the same kimoauea as here she was kimoauea whom brought from samoa to tarawa by warriors of te kaborerei. Hope someone clarifies connections.
Merry Xmas & happy new 2014!
Reply nanterea
4:54 PM on December 30, 2013 
hi, im new to your site and i love stories as i love telling kiribati stories to my children and boy believe me when one of my daughters asked me about the lovely princess nei kimoauea whom she loved very much from the other previous story on Nei Taia and nei Taina when mentioned kimoauea's parent were tabwakea and nei unikai which i for myself didnt realise the connection between the two stories, and for petes sake could someone clarify who is the kimoauea mentioned here if the same person in the taia and taina story, thank you.