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Some Folk-Songs and Myths From Samoa



Line 5. Fetau and fasa are native trees; as above. The fasa has a bright red fruit, in appearance somewhat like the pineapple; the seeds are a brilliant red and are in much request for necklaces; girls are so fond of the red colour, that they will wear chili pods strung round the neck, even although the skin is burned thereby. The fasa grows in rocky places near the beach, which also is a favourite place for the kava plant; see Solo X., lines 3—5.

8. Presence; ‘ala'ala,’ a title of majesty; lau ‘ala'ala, ‘thy presence,’ addressed to chiefs.

15—21. Grew, scrape, strain, rinse; see the kava solos.

19. Kava scraper; ‘pipi-‘ava’; pipi is a ‘cockle shell.'

23. Fau; the strainer here is made of fau, ‘hibiscus'; elsewhere (Solo X., 15.) it is called the pulu strainer.

31. Manga-na'a, manga-siva, and manga-lo are different kinds of taro.