December 26th, 2014

The Polynesian legend of PIPIRI commemorated with a new issue is glad to inform that Polynesian Post released a special stamp entitled "The Polynesian legend of PIPIRI". The issue was unveiled and put into circulation on the 12th of December and is now available for purchasing.

One upon a time there was a couple that lived on the island of HUAHINE with their two children, PIPIRI and REHUA. One night, the two parents went torch fishing. When they had caught enough fish, they went back home to prepare the dinner. The children were asleep.

When dinner was ready, the wife asked her husband to wake them up so they could also have dinner. The father then replied: "It's not worth. Let them sleep and let us eat". But the kids were not asleep. They had heard their parents' conversation.

They were so vexed by their father's attitude that they decided to flee to the skies. Seeing that their children were missing, the parents tried to catch them, but to no avail. And while they were shouting and telling them to come back, the children answered: "We won't come back to you. Torch fishing is bad. It leaves the children starving. That is why they go and beg shelter in the skies".

This is how PIPIRI and REHUA climbed up the skies hanging on a kite tail that was turned into a shining red torch. The children became stars and found their place in the Shark constellation of God TANE.

That legend recalls the essential role of stars in Polynesian navigation. The Shark constellation of TANE has for ages enabled navigators to find their way to the islands.

It also recalls that parents must cherish their children.

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