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Gather around the fire for some Fijian folk tales

 

Who doesn't love a good story? Better yet, who doesn't love a good story about the origins of a country? There's something about myths and folk tales that's just so interesting - they're like a window into the real culture of a place.

As it just so happens, Fijian locals love nothing more than to share a good story about the legends of their islands. And they have some fantastic folk tales that we think you'll really enjoy. Before you head out on holiday, curl up in bed and check out these legends- it's story time!

The story of human life 

From time to time, haven't we all wondered about our existence? We're not talking about the stork that dropped you off on your parents doorstep, but rather life on earth. Well, ancient Fijians were certainly curious about their beginnings. According to them, life on the islands began with the snake god, Degei. To note, this snake god is incredibly important to Fijian mythology. Degei only had one friend, Turukawa the hawk, however, one day the bird went missing. Looking for her, Degei visited her nest where he found Turukawa had laid two eggs.

With no Turukawa in sight, the snake took the eggs home with him to raise. When the eggs finally cracked, two tiny humans came out. Degei raised them until they were adults at which point he brought them around the islands to establish villages. And that is how life on the islands came to be.

The story of protection at sea

As you may know, Fijian cuisine is largely centred around fresh catches from the sea. This story explains how fishermen stay safe on their trips. Dakuwaqa, the shark god, used to be a troublemaker - he would go from island to island challenging other gods to battle. He was finally defeated at the island of Kadavu's by the octopus god and guardian. Feeling humbled, Dakuwaqa vowed that he would end his treachery and instead used his brute strength for good, protecting fishermen from the dangerous weather when they were out at sea.

If you're interested in hearing these stories or others like it, check out the cultural Fijian villages where the locals still enjoy telling tales, especially to new ears! Settle in because you're going to experience a real treat.