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We Lolo

Date
09-Jan-2014
Description
The story of We Lolo as told by David Amaral the lia na'in ('custodian of the words') of the apical house of Uma Kan Lor in Luca concerns seven siblings who emerged from the earth. These seven siblings commenced tilling the land (ET: fila rai) around Luca which had until then neither fields nor water. As a consequence the youngest of the siblings was continually beaten and sent to fetch water from the far west and the far east of the island. One day as the youngest sibling sat exhausted under a banyan tree he sobbed out loud that it would be best if he took his own life. Yet as he spoke these words, water started to gush out from beneath his feet. Later after a dog ran off to find the older brothers, they arrived to see that their youngest brother had morphed into water from the chest down. The boy, whose name was Nai Leki, told his older siblings that he had now transformed into the sacred spring of We Lolo. His head then transformed into a water bowl (we lolo) and lodged in the banyan tree now called Nai Leki. The spring water then flowed from We Lolo to sea passing through the sacred tidal lagoon of Luca called We Liurai (ET: 'ruler's water') at the coast. Luca became a kingdom of seven villages and a centre of power. Meanwhile these sacred origin waters of Luca are known metaphorically as we ai balun ('wooden safe water') as it is from these waters that the wealth of Luca has been distributed across the land.
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