Introduction

This Samoan legend told in Fijian tells how a magic seashell helped save a young woman named Masina from a lonely life.

Nai qa ni vivali caka mana

E na dua na gauna makawa sara, e a bula voli kina vakataki

 koya e na dua na yanuyanu e dua na marama,

na yaca ni marama oqo ko Masina.

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Once upon a time there lived a woman on an island by herself.

Her name was Masina. 

E na dua na siga ni a taubale voli e baravi

ko Masina e a qai kunea e dua na qa

ni vivili rairai vinaka.

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Then one day while she was walking along the beach,

she found a shell. 

Ia e a qai liwa e dua na cava kaukauwa e na dua

 na siga ka a mani kauti Masina ka vaka talega

kina na qa ni vivili o ya

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One day a terrible storm came.

Mai na dua tale na yanuyanu yawa sara e rau a taubale voli

 e baravi e rua na gone ka rau qai kunea e dua talega na qa

ni vivili ka tautauvata sara ga kei koya ka a kunea ko Masina.

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On another island far away, there were two kids

walking along the beach,

they saw a similar shell to Masina’s shell. 

Rau a solia sara vei Tukadrau, a mani taura na qa ni vivili ko

 Tukadrau ka biuta sara ki daligana, ka qai kidacala

 ni sa cavuti mai na yaca i Masina.

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They gave it to their grandad, and he put it to his ear,

and it said Masina’s name.

 

          

Ni oti oya a ra sa mani kacivi kece mai na lewe ni yavusa ka tukuni

vei ira me ra lako ka laki vaqarai Masina. E ra sa qai kunei koya

ka kauti koya lesu mai ki na koro.

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So the granddad told the tribe to go look for Masina.   

They found her and brought her back to their village. 

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