TAMARII PAPEARII – SINGING

THEME : THE BIRTH OF THE BEAUTIFUL TEIPO TE MÄRAMA.

It is the story of Teipo-te-Mârama, the same princess as that of the coconut legend. These two songs recount part of the story that is before the great fight with the king of the Eels. The beauty is from Vai-ari, today Pape-ari.

Teipo-te-Mârama was born during the full moon of the mârama. She was sparkling so much that her beauty was compared to the twinkling stars. She had even become the pride of her parents.

One day, an unprecedented famine struck the Vai-ari chiefdom. There was no more food … The father commanded his daughter Te-ipo-te- Mârama to leave for Vai-‘uriri, the closest chiefdom to the west. Overwhelmed with grief and sorrow after the separation from her parents, the beauty had to resolve to depart to Vai-‘uriri and find refuge in the valley of Vaihiria. She stayed there and managed to find some food, a field of plantains and meat for her daily life. She was safe.

Days went by; she was taking care of an eel with long ears, which eventually caused her to worry, for the animal fell in love with the beautiful princess. It was not the same for Teipo-te- Mârama, who had to go to meet Maui, the famous perceptive warrior of Vai-uru, and ask for his help.