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Neititua Abine

by Micha F. Lindemans
In the myths of the people of Kiribati (former Gilbert Islands, Pacific Ocean), Neititua Abine is the goddess of vegetation. She has a red skin and eyes which flash like lightning. King Auriaria, a red giant, fell in love with her and married her. Soon after their marriage, however, his wife died and was buried. Out of her head grew the coconut tree, out of her navel the almond tree, and out of her feed the pandanus tree (palm).

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