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Liku Myths and Legends

Pepe and Kufani

Pepe and Kufani
( Written by Tofolia of Tuapa)

Summary:
The story tells about the death of Pepe who was caught in a web made by an acquaintance he had just met.
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There were two small animals, Pepe (moth) is one, and Kufani (spider) is the other.
Pepe flew by one day and he met Kufani who was very busy at work to repair his web. Pepe said “You have a good house.” Thank you, Pepe.

Kufani said to Pepe, “You dance very well.”
Thank you said Pepe. “Will you dance so that I can watch you?” So Kufani danced, but his dancing was very poor.

Kufani started to make a web discretely. After a while Kufani said, “Come, let us go and look at my house, just follow on the path that I go.”

The two of them went and Pepe followed on the path through which Kufani had departed. But Pepe became entangled in the web that Kufani had woven in the air.
Pepe fluttered like dancing and eventually died suspended in the web while Kufani sat by and waited.
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Ko e Tala kia Pepe mo Kufani

Ko e ua e manu ikiiki, ko e Pepe e taha ko e Kufani e taha.

Kua lele mai a Pepe he taha aho ti feleveia a ia mo Kufani ne fa e gahua lahi ke haihai he fata haana.
Pe he a Pepe kia Kufani, “Mitaki lahi ai pihia e fale haau.” Fakaue ma Pepe.

Ti pe he a Kufani kia Pepe,“ Kua koli mitaki ai pihia a koe.”
Fakaue ma Kufani, “ Ti koli la a koe kae onoono atu au.”
Ti koli ai a Kufani kae nakai mitaki e koli haana.

Tia fufu e Kufani e fata haana ti pe he kia Pepe, “Hau a ke o ke kitia e fale haaku. Mui mai a koe he puhala kua fano ai au.” Ti o ai a laua. Kua mui atu a Pepe he hala ne fano ai a Kufani.
Ti vihu ai a Pepe he kupega ne tia e Kufani he pulagi.
Kua lele lele a Pepe tuga ko e koli koli tautau he kupega asto mate kae onono a Kufani mo e fakatali.