Once upon a time, along time ago, there lived a terrible sea
serpent. His body was so huge that it curled all the way around
the tiny islands of the pacific ocean. This terrible monster's
name was Tetuna, dread lord of the sea, TeTuna. His terrible
self was SO ugly and SO monstrous, that all the people of the
islands were afraid to swim in the ocean unless the sea was lit
up by the moon. The beautiful Lady of the moon was Hina, kind
and gentle Hina, who sat upon her silver seashell throne in the
sky above the oceans.
One evening, while Tetuna was swimming through his ocean, he
chanced to look up and spy the beautiful Hina, sitting upon her
silver seashell throne in the sky. His black heart was so
filled with with lust for the maiden, he swore he must have her
for his very own. That very night, as the beautiful Hina's
silver seashell throne was dipping into the western waters after
her long journey through the night, her attention was distracted
as she waved to her brother who was rising on his golden throne
in the east. Tetuna saw his opportunity, dread lord TeTuna, he
of the black heart and awful countenence, saw his chance and all
at once, stole the beautiful Hina off her silver seashell
He took the beautiful Hina down deep into his ocean, down deep
into his lair in the sea. there he kept her prisoner until she
would swear her love to him, Tetuna, Dread lord of the sea.
Lovely Hina wept, her tears lost in the deep salty sea.
The people were horrified!! How could they swim in the ocean
without Hina sitting upon her silver seashell throne? How could
they dance and make love without the light of the moon to guide
their way through the villages? The people wept and wailed.
The great hero, Maui, heard their cries. Maui was big, Maui was
strong, Maui could free Hina from the lair of the dread lord
TeTuna. Strong Maui, brave Maui called down to TeTuna and
issued his challenge for the freedom of the lady of the moon,
TeTuna reared his great ugly self out of his ocean. He walked
his great ugly self up upon the beach. He stood his great ugly
self squarely in front of Maui and laughed.
And Tetuna said to Maui, " You pitiful creature, daring to
challenge the great Tetuna, dread lord of the sea. When I raise
my mighty crooked hand to you, you will be too scared to face me
and will run away."
But Maui was not afraid. He said to Tetuna, " HA HA! You call
that a fist? My hand is strong and straight and when I raise my
hand to you, it will be YOU who will be scared and run away."
Then Tetuna pulled aside his lava-lava, and said to Maui," you
tiny man, when i raise my mighty crooked member to you, you will
be so scared you will piss all over yourself and run away."
But Maui was still not afraid. he pulled aside his lava-lava
and said to Tetuna, " I may be tiny, but my member is not, when
I raise my mighty straight member to you, it will be YOU who
will piss all over yourself and run away"
Tetuna was getting angry now. he made himself as large as he
could, blocking out the sun from the sky. Maui, on the other
hand, made himself as small as he could, and tried to dart
quicky through Tetuna's enormous ugly legs.
TeTuna had Maui now, the ugly Tetuna picked up the tiny Maui and
popped him in his mouth and swallowed him!! Oh the people
lamented, their cause was lost, they would have no moon, and no
light to dance and make love by.
Suddenly Tetuna's stomach started rumbling. It rumbled and
rumbled as loud as the thunder in a storm. The rumbling got
louder and louder. TeTuna's belly got larger and larger.
Maui was growing larger! he was growing larger and larger. He
became so large, TeTuna couldnt spit him out! Then Maui became
so large that TeTuna burst open. TeTuna, the dark lord of the
ocean, burst into a thousand pieces. Maui had defeated TeTuna,
ugly Tetuna, and saved the goddess of the moon, Hina. Maui
placed Hina on her silver seashell throne, and the people danced
and made lover under the skys all night. The thousand pieces of
Tetuna became the fishes of the sea, and by the light of the
moon, the people swim and fish in the great ocean.
Adapted by me from a story told by joseph campbell
The masks of god, primitive mytholgy.