BSA Images Of The Week: 06.10.18 X ONO’U Tahiti Festival Special
Inspired by the Polynesian legend of “The Coconut Tree” the mural has to do with an eel’s head, a forgetful young girl and the birth of the coconut tree: The coconut tree is one of the most common trees in The Islands Of Tahiti. The Polynesians always tell a legend about its creation… The coconut tree legend… A long time ago, a young girl called was of real beauty due to her sun kissed skin and silky hair. She was meant to marry the prince of eels. Frightened by the physique of her suitor, who had a gigantic body and an enormous head, ran away and took refuge in the house of the fishing God – . The latter was dazzled by the beauty of and touched by her history, so he took one of the young woman’s hairs and with it fished the approaching eel. cut up the prince of eels and wrapped his head in leaves. Before dying, the eel said to : “of all the Men who hate me, including you , you will one day kiss me to thank me. I will die, but my prediction is eternal.”. entrusted the head of the eel to and then advised her: “, girl of beauty, you can return to your family and there, you will destroy this head. But throughout your journey do not put it on the ground because then the curse of the eel will come true.” On her way back, the beautiful young woman and her followers who accompanied her, became tired and decided to take a bath in the river, forgetting the warning of the God . The eel’s head which had been put on the ground penetrated the earth, and from it a large tree was born, with a long trunk just like an immense eel, and with foliage similar to hair; the coconut tree had just been born. was then condemned by the Gods to remain close to this river because the tree had become taboo… Life went on until the day when a terrible dryness struck the lands and during which only the coconut resisted the sun. Thus, in spite of the God’s prohibition to touch this tree, men picked its fruit full of clear and nutritive water. Each fruit was marked with 3 dark spots laid out like two eyes and a mouth on which the men put their lips in order to drink the coconut water…. did the same thing ….. And the prophecy of the prince of eels had just come true.
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