Marshallese Legends and Traditions

Origin of the taro

Iaraj, or taro, was first introduced into the Marshall Islands from heaven when two brothers descended to earth each carrying a full basket of taro.

The first brother visited the island of Namu where a woman by the name of Liwaitonmour lived. His brother joined him. They wished to present the taro to the woman as a gift but she spurned them and their gifts. They then decided tolook elsewhere.[22]

Finally they came to Majuro where they planted the taro, and thus Majuro was the first place in both the Ralik and Ratak chains of the Marshall Islands to grow taro.

The younger brother later moved to Aur and introduced taro there.

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Spennemann, Dirk H.R. (1998). Marshallese Legends and Traditions Second edition. Albury:

Dirk H.R. Spennemann, Institute of Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, P.O.Box 789, Albury NSW 2640, Australia.

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