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The Lebon Brothers

The Lebon Brothers Told by John Regenvanu of Emil Bweterial and Emil Periv This is a story about ten brothers, known as Lebonsangavul, meaning there are ten of them. Each brother had built and lived in his own house. One day, a young girl went out on the reef looking for fish and shellfish and while she was still on the reef it rained very heavily and she got very wet. She was shivering with cold. She then ran ashore to find a shelter. She wanted to get inside the house of one of the brothers for shelter but, one by one, beginning with the oldest brother, the brothers told the girl a lie, saying, "Oh, my house is not good--it is not safe, it's all flooded--except for a very small space where I am able to be safe and it is just big enough for me." She asked each of the brothers in turn but she got the same answer back from all of them, until she came to the house of the youngest brother. He said to the girl, "My house is alright, nothing is wrong with it. Please come on inside." Once inside the house, she and the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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Told by John Regenvanu of Emil Bweterial and Emil Periv This is a story about ten brothers, known as Lebonsangavul, meaning there are ten of them. Each brother had built and lived in his own house. One day, a young girl went out on the reef looking for fish and shellfish and while she was still on the reef it rained very heavily and she got very wet. She was shivering with cold. She then ran ashore to find a shelter. She wanted to get inside the house of one of the brothers for shelter but, one by one, beginning with the oldest brother, the brothers told the girl a lie, saying, "Oh, my house is not good--it is not safe, it's all flooded--except for a very small space where I am able to be safe and it is just big enough for me." She asked each of the brothers in turn but she got the same answer back from all of them, until she came to the house of the youngest brother. He said to the girl, "My house is alright, nothing is wrong with it. Please come on inside." Once inside the house, she and the

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 13, 2007

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