Sina and the Eel, Story World by Leilani Watson | | BooktopiaSina and the Eel is a myth of origins in Samoan mythology , which explains the origins of the first coconut tree. In the Samoan language the legend is called Sina ma le Tuna. Tuna is the Samoan word for 'eel'. Different versions of the legend are told in different countries in Oceania. It is also used for making coconut oil , baskets, sennit rope used in traditional Samoan house building, weaving and for the building of small traditional houses or fale. The dried meat of the coconut or copra has been an important export product and a source of income throughout the Pacific.
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Sina and the Eel is a 16 page retelling of a traditional tale from Samoa. The "flip" side of the book is Fa'a Samoa. Fa'a Samoa contains 8 pages of information about life in Samoa. Read more Read less. No customer reviews.
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Sina and the Eel
Widespread stories across the Pacific described the most beautiful woman in all the islands--a Samoan girl. Using all his powers of Fijian magic Tui Fiti turned himself into a young eel or tuna and swam with the ocean currents to Samoa. One day as Sina dipped seawater for her mother's cooking she noticed the young tuna in a lagoon pool. Gathering it in her calabash, she took it home for a pet. Sina kept the tuna in a bowl and nurtured it carefully. When the tuna grew too large for the bowl, Sina placed it in the spring near their fale , but the tuna soon outgrew this small pool.
Posted by Lucy Schulz on November 24, The myth of Sina and the Eel tells the tale of how the first coconut tree came to the islands. The legend tells of a beautiful girl called Sina, from the island of Savaii, who had a small pet eel. When the eel grew, it fell in love with Sina. This made Sina afraid so she tried to run away, but the eel followed her. Sina thought she had finally escaped and one day when gathering water from the village pool, she was shocked to find the eel staring up at her. The village chiefs came and killed the eel.
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