Footnotes

[22]   Liwaitonmour, literally "the long life giver" was a large basalt column inhabited by a spirit. This stone was said to be the origin of all chiefs of the Ralik Chain. Traditionally it was given offerings of food and the like, which were laid upon the stone. The missionaries removed the stone in the 1860s or 1870s as it was a very important element in the traditional "heathen" belief structure. The "sister" of Liwaitonmour, a basalt block named Lidebreja was located on Aur, which is considered to be the traditional centre of the Ratak Chain. As basalt does not occur in the Marshall Islands, both stones at one point must have been imported from Pohnpei or Kosrae suggesting contact with the owners of Nan Madol on Pohnpei, or Lelu on Kosrae.