Tjapara seduced Bima, the wife of Purukupali. He is the moon-man who has a penchant for eating crabs. He eats until he is about to burst (full moon) and then dies, only to be renewed each month, thus partly escaping the decree of Purukupali that there shall be no resurrection of the dead and that death is final.



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