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Some Folk-Songs and Myths From Samoa

XXI.—The Progeny of Ali'a-Tama, Who was the first Tui-Manu'a

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XXI.—The Progeny of Ali'a-Tama, Who was the first Tui-Manu'a.

Olo-valu-tele ascended from below and became the wife of Tufulě-Mata'afa in Muti'e, chief of Fiti-uta. She gave birth to two girls named Seuēa and Fau-tau-sala. Seuēa became the wife of Tui-Toga; the other girl became the wife of Aua-luma and she gave birth to a girl named Lata-nonoa who became the wife of Tui-Taū, by whom he had a daughter named Lata-soa'a or Futi.

This woman, the daughter of Tui-Taū and Lata-soa'a, became the wife of ‘Ali'a-tama, who was Tui-Manu'a. By her he had a daughter named Ua-lē-galu. She went to Tutuila and became the wife of Tui-E'ai of Gauta-fusi, and gave birth to a girl named Fola-le-Lā. This girl became the adopted daughter of Tui-tele of Leone. Saga-polo-tele came from Upólu and took her to wife. [Another version bears that she became his adopted daughter; that, on one occasion, she was dressing his hair, which, according to custom in those days, was very long, and that his hair, falling on her lap, caused pregnancy]. By her he had three daughters, Se-atu-mai-nu'u, Se-atu-mai-aofa and Se-atu-mai-fe'a. The first of these became the wife of Ama, chief of Safata. By her he had a daughter, to whom was given the name of Vae-o-ali'i. She became the wife of Tagaloa-tua-lafa of Savai'i under the following circumstances:—

Tui-A'ana-vae-ma went on a visit to Savai'i. Two of his attendants were named Apé and Tutuila. This party was liberally entertained by their Savai'i hosts, and a feti'i, i.e., a heap of cocoa-nuts piled round a cocoa-nut tree, was placed at the king's disposal. Of these he gave Apé and Tutuila no share. This offended them, and, to be revenged, they left him and went to seek some one else as a husband for Vae-o-ali'i. So they brought Tagaloa-tua-lafa, who married her, and she became pregnant. Then they drove him away again. The son whom she bore was taken to Le-ulu-moega and named Tui-A'ana-tama-ă-le-lagi. When he was full grown, he sought as his wife Vae-toe, daughter of Tui-Toga, the offspring or page 140 descendant of Seuēa, sister of Fa'a-tau-sala. On this errand he sent first her two female companions, Fa'a-sei-sei and Gutu-fagu. Afterwards he went himself and brought his wife Vae-toe to Upólu. By him she had two children, Sala-masina, a girl, and Tui-one-o-Upólu, a boy. This boy went to Tonga. But the girl was sought in marriage by Taū-ili-ili of Le-tua-masaga. In Sala-masina the two original branches of royalty were combined, and she was heir to the four royal titles of Tui-A'ana, Tui-Atua, Malietoa, and Na-toali-tele. Her children were Taufau and Sina, and from these two sisters most of the present chiefs’ families trace their origin; from Taufau come the race of Tui-A'ana, Mata-afa, the Solo-solo chiefs, the Sā-Leotā, &c. From Sina come the race of Tupua and the Sā-Moe-gā-gogo, &c.