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Hakupu Myths and Legends

The Pigeon and The Ant

The Pigeon and The Ant:

Written by: Punapa Veseaga

Summary:
The story is about Lupe’s lucky escape from with the help of his friend Lotoga.
During the month of May, Macaranga( Le ) berries become mature and ripen. Pigeons take a liking to them as a delicacy. This leads the pigeons to grow yellow and fat. When a pigeon is shot at that time, from its perch, and falls to the ground, it could burst because of its extra weight.

One day, a man decided to go shooting pigeons for food. When he arrived at the forest where Le trees are plenty, he made a sound resembling a pigeon’s voice when calling for a mate. “Prrrrr Prrrrrr.” Immediately one or two birds came flying and started pecking at the Le berries and at the same time defecating the seeds eaten on the day before. The man had seen one of the pigeons and was just about to pull the trigger, when an ant came to the pigeon’s rescue by biting the man’s legs.
This caused him to hop here and there and he cursed the ant for revealing his presence to the pigeon. Hearing the commotion down below, the pigeon took flight. The lucky pigeon and the others took off for their dear lives. The Pigeon called back to Ant in their language, “Thank you friend, for saving my life. Prrrrr, Prrrrrr, Prrrrr.”

Ko e Lupe mo e Lotoga
Ko e mahina a Me he tau tau oti, ne motua ti momoho e tau fua he akau ko e Le. Ne fiafia lahi e tau Lupe ke kai e tau fua Le ti gako lahi e tau tino ha lautolu mo e lanu ago ai. Kaeke ke lavea he fana ti tohifo ki lalo to maihi ni ha kua to lahi e gako mo e mamafa.
Taha e aho, ne finatu ai e taha tagata ke fanafana lupe. Ko e kanava akau haana ne uta. Hoko atu a ia ke he ulu le, ti kamata a ia ke hea fakataitai tuga e kololo he lupe . Ko e mogoia ni kua tutu ua e lupe i luga he le, ti kololo Prrrrr, Prrrrr, Prrrrr hifo mo e fakavao hifo e tau sega le ne kai e laua he aho fakamua.
Kua kitia taha e lupe I luga he akau ti lagaki he tagata e fana , tuhi ke fakapa kae nakai hokotia e fekau ha kua gagau he Lotoga e tau hui haana. Hopo ki ko, ki he, ki ko, ki he e tau hui ti logona e Lupe ti lele a ia ti mumui atu ai foki e tau lupe Fehola oti a lautolu neke mamate. Hea fakaue mai a Lupe kia Lotoga he lagomatai a lautolu ke fehola ke momoui.”Prrrrrr Prrrrrr Prrrrrrr Prrrrrrrrr”