Stories from the Marshall Islands: Bwebwenato Jaan Aelaoan Kein

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  • ISBN-13: 9780824825454
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Pali Language Texts Series
  • Pages: 405

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Stories of Beginnings
1 The Beginning of This World 11
2 Story about Borraan 37
3 Story of the Heaven Post Men 48
4 The Origin of Tattooing 49
5 The Origin of the Irooj (Chiefs) of the Marshall Islands 51
6 Liwatuonmour 53
7 The Story of Liwatuonmour and Lidepdepju 54
8 About a Woman Named Loktanur 56
9 The Story of Loktanur 62
10 Story about Jebwa 63
11 About a Young Man of Jalooj: Story about Anidep 67
12 A Young Man Who Saw Jebro 76
13 Origin of the Banana Plant on Arno Atoll 81
14 Coconut Drifting onto the Sandbar: The Beginning of Coconut Trees 83
15 Story about the Beginning of Pandanus in the Atolls of the Marshalls 87
16 The Story of Bob (Pandanus) 89
17 A Fairy Tale (Inon) 90
18 Stories of Ronlap and Rondik 91
19 Story about Ellep in the Days of Long Ago 98
20 Story about Ellep Island 104
21 Story about Jebat Island 105
22 Story about the Atoll of Wotto in the Olden Days 106
23 The Story of Labokjanwut 109
24 Laio, the Demon Who Stole from the Atoll of Majro 110
25 How the Large Inlet on Wotto Island Was Formed 112
26 The Beginning of the Appearance of Navigation in These Atolls 113
27 The Reason the Kapinmeto People Know Navigation: Story of the Beginning of the Knowledge of Navigation 116
28 Story about Weather: The Way the Old People in the Marshall Islands Used (Forecast) Weather 126
29 About the Ikid (Song-story) of the Lorro and Likakoj 128
30 The Ikid (Song-story) of Lainjin 131
Stories About Animals
31 Our Mother Forever, Our Father and the Father of Others 143
32 Story about Inedel 150
33 Story about Living Things (Animals) in the Marshalls 151
34 The Tattler and the Triton: A Parable about the Coming of the Missionaries to Epoon 157
35 The Story of Lijebake 160
36 Story about a Kakwoj 164
37 Loppeipaat (Low Tide) 167
38 Two Women 171
Stories About Evil Spirits an Flying Women
39 Story about a Woman on Kole Island 178
40 Story about a Mejenkwaad 184
41 Mejenkwaad Story from Anewetak 192
42 Mejenkwaad Stories 194
43 A Mejenwaad on Arno 195
44 Mejenkwaad Story and Lomkein Story 196
45 Story of Lomkein 197
46 Story about Lomkein 204
47 Story of Two Brothers on Jalooj 205
48 About a Woman Who Had Ten Boys 207
49 Story about Eleven Boys 213
50 Story about Two Epaton Women 219
51 About a Woman Who Had a Boy Child 222
52 About a Man Named Jemerkinene 232
53 A Story of Two Men in Ratak, on Wojja Atoll, Island of Majjen 239
54 Story about a Young Majeej Girl 244
55 The Girls from Ep 247
56 Lijibokra 256
57 Story about Lorro 258
58 Two Jalooj Women (Lorro) 267
59 A Lorro Story from Arno Atoll 269
60 A Lorro Story from Anewetak Atoll 270
Other Stories
61 About a Woman on Ujae Named Libwiner 271
62 The Story of Laninlur 279
63 About a Chief on Epaton, Kuwajleen 280
64 Story about Two Young Men at Woja, Aelonlaplap 288
65 Story about a Boy Named Deelelpo Japo 296
66 Story about Nooniep 303
67 Nooniep Stories from Anewetak Atoll 308
68 Stories about Etao 309
69 Maui on Majeej, and Wonenak Stories 312
70 Maui on Majeej 314
71 The Chant of Mile: Fishing Up from the Bottom of the Sea 315
72 About a Woman Who Was on Rondik 317
Historical Events
73 The Big Typhoon That Devastated the Marshall Islands 321
74 Epoon History: The Voyage to Banep (Ocean Island) 322
75 The War between the Ri-Mwejoor and the Lajjidik and Raarno 323
76 Bwebwenato in Arno: Arno History 325
77 Ralik History: About the Chiefs 329
78 Ralik History: The War on Epoon 330
79 The Conquest of Pikinni Atoll by Laarkelan 333
80 Early History of the People of Wujlan Atoll 336
81 Anewetak Atoll History: Warfare with Invaders 338
82 Story about Kidu in Lojet (Dog of the Sea) 341
83 The War between Launa and the Woleai People 343
84 Story about the War between the Marshallese People and the Woleai People 345
85 Story about Kabua When He Drifted to Makil 353
86 Story about an American Ship 359
87 Story about an American Ship: Further Explanation 366
88 The People of Majeej and the German Trader 368
89 Story about the Majeej Irooj 370
90 The History of the Church on Anewetak Atoll and on Wujlan Atoll 371
App. A Biographies of Storytellers 373
App. B Motifs of the Stories 378
App. C Weather Forecasting and Navigation 386
App. D A Note on Canoe Building in the Old Days 388
App. E The Old Marshallese Method of Counting 389
References 391
Index 395
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