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Bui Leme

Date
04-Dec-2014
Description
The people of Mua Ai Imi tell the following story: 


In the coastal plain of Seisal there is a spring, Bui Leme, which traces its ancestral origins to Larantuka on Flores. The ruler of Larantuka took the form of a whale and one day a man from Seisal hooked it by mistake. When the whale returned to Larantuka (where he ruled in the form of a person) he became sick. His messenger the crocodile was dispatched to find a solution, wherein he met up with the owner of the hook. Advising the man to fashion a hook out of palm fibre he took the man to see the sick kin, the ruler of Larantuka. After first asking everyone to leave the room, the owner of the hook quickly extracted the metal hook from the rulers mouth. He quickly hide the metal object, and showed the ruler instead a hook fashioned out of palm fibre. The ruler, relieved to have the object out of his mouth, asked what the man wanted in return. He asked only for passage to return home. Sometime after returning home, an incident occurred whereby the man's older brother spilt his younger brother's palm wine. As this happened a permanent spring emerged in the previously dry place where they lived. The spring was a return gift from the underworld.
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