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An Account of Samoan History up to 1918

The Long Toothed Devil of Falelima

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The Long Toothed Devil of Falelima.

In the village of Falelima there dwelt a powerful devil who was possessed of a long tooth. After the death of this devil who was called Nifoloa (long tooth.) the tooth continued to grow and ultimately extended under the earth to all parts of the neighbouring Island of Upolu. Many people were bitten by this tooth and the bite caused a bad sore the evidences of which remain when the sore has healed. People who are bitten by this tooth are referred to as “Nifoloa.”