Marshallese Legends and Traditions
Origin of the coconut tree
When a woman from
Some time later this woman gave birth to a son and a coconut. As the son grew so too did the coconut - it sprouted and grew into a tree. The mother prevented the boy from eating the tree, and when nuts formed she had him make sennit from the husks of the nuts.
From another bunch of nuts they saved the shells of the coconut to make
containers to collect palm syrup, wrapping the shells with sennit and hanging
them to collect the sap. Also at his motheržs instructions, the boy made a
fish trap out of the ariel roots of a Pandanus tree and caught a sea cucumber
It was then that two brothers of the woman came looking for her. The boy gave them drinking coconuts. The brothers ordered him to take the sea cucumber he had caught to different parts of the islet, and once at each spot, to step on it. Each time he did this he would lift up the sea cucumber and there would appear many growing coconut trees, Pandanus trees and breadfruit trees. Then, when he stepped on it in the ocean, many fish appeared.
The brothers returned home, leaving their sister and her son at
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