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The Octopus-Folk Tales Story

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In the olden times, the gods used to guard the land Dakuwaqa, and the great shark was one such powerful god. People of Fiji respected and feared him .”I have never been beaten in combat “he boasted ‘ I have conquered the sea -all god, I have defeated Maselaca, god in the form of a man at Yanuca channel.’Do you challenge the gods of the reef-passages of the island of Kadavu? asked Maselaca. Then he swam southward to Kadavu to the naiquro passage in the reef, and the watchman was absent. The guard at the passage is an octopus ‘said Tuivesi ‘You will find him hard to conquer .’Dakuwaqa went on down the coast, and as he tried to enter the channel, he gave warning – make way at the passage ‘the octopus replied ,’No I am the barrier past which no one may go without my permission ‘Then Dakuwaqa shouted, very well, we will fight ‘the octopus let four of its arms grasp the biggest rock at the bottom of the sea, and stretched his other four to the surface at that moment Dakuwaqa was on its way, the octopus grasped Dakuwaqa with his four upper arms. Then he loosened his four lower arms and all the great tentacles encircled the body of Dakuwaqa, the shark god.’Never will you see your friends again ‘said the octopus ‘this is your doomsday.’Please free me, we two shall make a pact ‘he replied Free me from your tentacles, and I vow that your people need never fear me.’It is said that Naceva people are never attacked by the sharks when they are shipwrecked. The shark protects them, and a bond of friendship still exists between the people of Naceva and Rokobakaniceva’s people of Naceva and the imprints of the great octopus is still there on the rock for all to see.

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