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An Account of Samoan History up to 1918

The peopling of the Earth

The peopling of the Earth.

Lagilagia gave birth to a son whose body consisted only of a skull. This skull fell to earth and was caught by Valavala who placed it on a long legged chair that he had made. Valavala gave voice to his wish that the skull should be given a body so that he should have a companion. The skull suddenly developed the body of a boy. As this boy grew up he developed much wisdom. Valavala asked him as he pointed to the different quarters of the compass “where is this and this and this?” The boy answered “North- South-east-west-above-below.” Valavala said “very good, you are a clever boy; you know all the points of the compass.”

The boy replied “from your remarks I derive my name of Ituagieseese” (different points of the heavens)

Itulagieseese married the East wind and begot Tui; married the West wind and begot Tui; married the North wind and begot Tui; married the south wind and begot Tui. As a result of these marriages the four quarters of the earth were peopled.