SINGING – TĀRAVA TAHITI
THEME: Ta’inuna, the geese with red feathers and sharp eyes
Once upon a time, at a time where the Ma’ohi people were close to the gods, lived on the island of Ta’inuna, a king whose name was Teni’upana’i. He had twins, one boy whose name was Aveari’i and a girl whose name was Moeari’i.
The king decided to entrust his son Aveari’i to a priest who was an expert in climbing in order to teach his son climbing techniques to hide the bodies of kings, warriors and of priests in the caves of mountains. Ma’ohi people believe that when one robs a dead body of someone of high ranking, the thief will possess power of this important person. The princess Moeari’i and sister of Aveari’i, was entrusted to an expert in telepathy in order for her to master the art of telepathy.
The priests carefully prepared an important mission for the twins to protect the island of Ta’inuna, their ….
At that period, the gods were always close to humans. The children of high ranking asked the gods to transform them into geese. Red geese, the color red symbolized the high ranking that they inherited. Red geese with acute eyes allowed humans to see very far.
The two geese flew above the island and when they both started quaking, this signaled the presence of war ships approaching. When the time came for the king to think of who will succeed him, he invited his entire population including the priests and the warriors, in order to announce his succession. As he has twins, he decided to organize a competition for his beloved children, Aveari’i and Moeari’i.
The first to arrive to the peak of the mountain, which is called Fa’aa-Upo’o, would become the next king or queen. During this climbing competition, the Tariparau were of great importance: they announced the program of the race. The sound of the tariparau resounded and announced the departure of the twins. The sound of the tariparau was heard once again later to announce the approach of Aveari’i’s arrival. At that same instant, Moeari’i put into practice what her priest taught her. She called the great and brave warrior Pai to ask him to take his magic spear Raufautumu and to throw it to Fa’aa-Upo’o.
The power and the magic of Raufautumu shook the island of Ta’inuna. Aveari’i, as a result, could not continue climbing the mountain due to rocks falling. He slipped from very high and died.
The sound of the tairiparau resounded and announced the arrival of Moeari’i, the winner of the climbing competition. The sound of the tairiparau also announced the sad news: Aveari’i fell from the mountain and died. The population mourned and the king Tenu’upana’i cried over the death of his son Averari’i. Averi’i is dead. Moeari’i won the competition and became the queen of Ta’inuna. Tenu’upana’i, mourned for the death of his son.
Moeari’i became the first great queen of Ta’inuna.