Marshallese Legends and Traditions
The origin of the banana
Along long time ago there was a man by the name of
One day he became sick. There was a boil growing on his right thigh.  After a few days he couldn't walk. The boil got bigger and bigger and it was painful.
One day the boil erupted and a girl came out.
But one day
One day the witches went to check to see if the girl was fat enough to eat. The older woman said to the other woman "She is ready now. Letžs eat her tomorrow." They both agreed to have the girl for supper the next day.
So the next morning the witches gathered firewood and made an earth oven. The girl looked out through a big hole and saw the two women preparing the oven to cook her. While the two old women were waiting for the oven to be ready, the girl started to cry and called her father. She was crying like this: "Father, Father
Her grandmothers did not hear what she was saying. Then she started again "Father, Father
One of the women heard what the girl was saying. She said "Listen to what the girl is saying." The girl started to sing again "Father, Father
The two witches heard the girl and said to each other "That girl is calling our son
"Yes" she said. "One time he had a boil and when it erupted, I came out. My father died but he told me to come and look for you." The old women took the girl into their arms and cried. They were very sorry for the way they had treated her. 
The next day they returned to
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