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No. 4 (Autumn 1953)
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reptile was killed. A portion of its tail, which one of the spears severed, flew off and took up its abode in a little lake,1 but the tail could find nothing to do. Thus, my friends, the monster reptile, Ngarara-Huarau was killed.

In due time the woman conceived, and brought forth a child. This child was partly human and partly reptile. The feet and legs were all reptile, so also were the head, nose and eyes; the skin alone was human. Friends, the child above-mentioned died, and this because it had no mouth, although to all appearance it had one. Ended is this story.—Reprinted from the Journal of the Polynesian Society.