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Wai Bui Lawa (Wai Oli)

Uma Lulik: Loime

The story of the spring called Wai Bui Lawa at Wai Oli involves two cousin brothers who were hunting bats in the caves above the sacred house of Loime. The brothers were people, but had turned themselves into civet cats to go hunting. The younger brother, called Bibi Leki, was from Uda Lolo. The older brother, Loi Leki, was from Ossu. Whilst hunting the bats, Bibi Leki lost his balance and plunged into the cave. After a year or so, he emerged from the ground kicking out a hole for the water to emerge. This place came to be known as Wai Bui Lawa. Bibi Leki appeared to be dead when he was found by a daughter of the Loime house. The girl wrapped his naked body in a tais (woven cloth) and took him the hearth of the Loime sacred house. Lying by the sacred hearth he was revived and eventually married the daughter of the house.The Loime house unsuccessfully tried to contact Bibi Leki's own family and in the end the Bibi Leki married into (kaben tama) the house of Loime. Despite this the house of Loime continues togive gifts of betel nut to the people of Uda Lolo (where Bibi Leki was from). When Bibi Leki died he was buried next to the grave of Loime. Now when they harvest first corn and rice, Loime ritual leaders call the names of both ancestors. At this time they must make 'red coloured' offerings and in return they receive the cooling blessings of the water and betel nut.
Type of spring
Waima'a: 'cat gold' (Tetum: busa mean)
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