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Ahoeitu

by Dr Anthony E. Smart
The god Eitumatupua climbed down from the sky on a great tree, and took a worm descendant, Ilaheva, as his wife. Returning to the sky, the god left the woman and her child, Ahoeitu, on the Earth. But when Ahoeitu grew up he longed to visit his father in the sky, and his mother told him that he would find Eitumatupua catching pigeons. So Ahoeitu climbed the tree, met his father, and there was much rejoicing. However, Eitumaupua's other sons, children of the sky, grew jealous, and ambushed Ahoeitu, tore him to pieces, cooked and ate him. When their father had discovered the crime, he commanded his sons to vomit up the pieces of Ahoeitu that they had consumed, and then he remade the boy, with the aid of magic herbs. Ahoeitu was then sent back to Earth as the ruler of Tonga, while his sky-brothers were condemned to remain in the tree, though eventually Eitumatupua relented, and freed them.

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