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Title: SD1-076
Issue Date: 16 Jun 2015
Description: Genre: Myth. Title: Weta Naja (Siblings [male and female]). Grandmother Lucia Ngole, kampong Ndeo, tells a myth; a short version of similar tales. Two poor siblings (weta naja, later we are told their names, Toji and Leso, hence the title of this tale could also be Toji and Leso) reach the sky (world) through a betel tree near the ritual centre. They disappear. The prayer with Toji and Leso, the title of another myth (told by Punga Harine), are also mentioned, as if the two were them. In Punga Hari's other tale, Wunu and Noa, they also go to the sky with the aid of the betel tree, so I conclude that the two siblings here are Wunu and Noa. This story, and five other narratives, were recorded by SD early afternoon 16 June 2015 with the AT2020 mic in Lusia's home, downstairs in a semi-basement. With Hilarius Ratu listening. Like Lanu, kampong Tomu, she tells about Toji and Leso, who in Punga Hari's, I thought first more authoritative account (maybe it is not, just different versions), were a couple that went missing on the mountain after a ritual dance, Toji drowned in a pond. Later thay became invoked in prayers for rain. In this and Lanu's version they are siblings and take a ride up inthe sky with a betel tree. Because they stayed in the heavens, people later asked the for rain.
Pages/Duration: 0:01:36
Appears in Collections:Stefan Danerek Collection - Palu'e Audio

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