Marshallese Legends and Traditions


Jemeiwut had a daughter, Leburak, who lived with a leadakdak,[45] Lamaj. At this time she was pregnant. He brought her to the island of Irooj in Majuro Atoll with a female companion.[46] Thereupon he returned home.

Five days later, the chief of Pada en lap, Jejitmar by name, came to Irooj. He found Leburak and he liked her. He sang:

"This Jejitmar takes wut blossoms for stone wreath"

"Do you want to, woman?"

"Are you a spirit or a human?"

"You say spirit, therefore spirit Give him firewood, shavings, Put them on the fire."

She submitted to the chief. Soon afterwards she bore a son. Jejitmar stayed with her, and when the boy was big enough, he made him a toy boat.

One day Jemeliwut and Lamaj came to visit Leburak. They beached their boat. Soon afterward Jejitmar also returned with many people. When they were together, Jemeliwut asked the boy "Which of the two is your father?" Then the boy said "He who has made me a toy boat." Lamaj was so ashamed at this that he went home; he lay down on a small reef, which is named after him. He drowned on it.

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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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