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Sina

by Micha F. Lindemans
The Samoan name of the moon-goddess, known in Polynesia as Ina. She kept an eel in a jar, but when it grew as long as a man she let it swim free in a pond. One day, while she was bathing and that same pond, the eel assaulted her. She cried out for help and was saved by the people of Upolo, who sentenced the eel-man to death. Before dying, the eel-man (who was the god Tuna) asked Sina to bury his head in the sand on the seashore. She followed his request and after some time the first coconut palm came out; a gift from the gods.

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