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Marawa


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The Melanesian spider spirit. According to the Banks islanders, Marawa was both the friend and foe of Qat, the other potent vui, ‘spirit’. Not only was Marawa responsible for making man a mortal being, but even more he directly opposed Qatapos;s conquest of the sea. Nightly he replaced the chips which Qat had cut from the tree trunk he was making into a canoe. When Qat surprised him one night, Marawa agreed to help Qat and together they outmanoeuvred the latterapos;s brothers, who were jealous and vindictive. Once they trapped Qat in the hole of a land crab and toppled a stone on the top of him. To their bewilderment, the brothers returned home and found the intended victim sitting by the side of his wife, the beautiful Ro Lei. Marawa had assisted Qat in his miraculous escape.

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