Category Archives: Folk Story

Six Fishermen

Taem bifoa is pijin for “Once upon a time”.   All good stories start like that.   Taem bifoa, long long ago, six fishermen went out to catch fish. Kutu the rat, Veke the flying fox, Koba the hermit crab, Meki the … Continue reading

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Palio and Barubaru

A story from Choiseul. Palio the sprat* and Barubaru the mudskipper were sharing a pool. They were cut off from the lagoon after the tide had fallen.  Barubaru began to skip and play around the pool, rolling over, splashing and making … Continue reading

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The Crying Baby

Another tale from Simbo. It was time to harvest the yam. A time when all the women in the village  must join in and work, even the young mothers with newborn babies.   One young mother lay her tiny baby in … Continue reading

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Cúchulainn & Mórrígan

  Nine hazel trees grew around the Well of Segais, where the sacred Salmon lived. The hazelnuts were wisdom, and the salmon ate them all as they fell into the pool. All except one. I took it.  But that is … Continue reading

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Simbo Moon

The people of Simbo, in Solomon Islands, are pekipeki (crazy). I shall tell you of how once upon a time, they tried to capture the moon. One night, as the full moon shone overhead, an elder of the village exclaimed … Continue reading

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Stone Soup

Once upon a time, after the war with Napoleon, three honest soldiers were wending their way home through Europe.  The people who lived in the area through which they were travelling had been plundered and ravaged by armies passing through,  … Continue reading

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The Selfish Fisherman

From a tale told to me in Solomon Islands. I do not know the area of Solomon islands from which this story originates.  I am pretty sure it is NOT Roviana.  It was told to me by the skipper of … Continue reading

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