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Some Folk-Songs and Myths From Samoa

Notes to no. XVII

Notes to no. XVII.

Par. 2. Tupu-ai-vao is the ‘king from the bush.’ Malie-toa is the ‘agreeable cock’ or warrior.

3. Man-eating day or offering; ‘aso'; q.v., as above, p. 127. Fale-alili a district in the island of Upólu.

4. Pig; the usual present to the bride's family at a marriage.

Skin; the aborigines of Northern Queensland also skin a human body at their cannibal feasts.

King; ‘tupu,’ a high chief; tray; ‘laoai.’

Made-dish; ‘ofu,’ native food, tied up in a leaf, ready to be cooked.

The ‘tupu’ thought it was part of the ‘aso,’ and enjoyed it much.

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Tui deliberated. There is a hiatus after these words; the ‘tala’-maker should have told us that Tui got his brother to place him alive in the tray or basket, and to cover him up with cocoa-nut leaves so as to make the whole look like the usual ‘aso’; and the brother carried this offering into the presence of the king and set it down before his seat. Then the story goes on to say that the king removed the wrappings and found Tui there, and Tui's eyes beaming upon him. This touched Malietoa with compassion as towards a friend, and he thereupon abolished human offerings.