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Dead Man Tells No Tales but Beliefs Prevail: Death Mythology [Casting Skin]

Achieving Immortality by Casting Skins

One interesting story comes from the Samoans who believed that there was a god who held a council to decide what to be done with men. At first, the god wanted men to cast their skin and let them be the shell fish or become the coconut torch when they died so that when shaken to the wind, blazes out again. But the god named Palsy (Supa) wanted men to be like a candle-nut torch which once out can not be blown up again. Then it rained, and the council shouted let it be according to the counsel of Palsy. This belief of a god with a council still has its presence. In Bro’s Town, an animation series made by the Samoan, every episode begins with a god and his councils of world’s famous person’s dead soul discussing whether to help main characters in certain life difficulties.

 

On the other side of the ocean, Melanesians believed in the Serpent and his Cast Skin story. Some of them are about the god who wanted men to have immortality and cast their skin. However, either the messenger said it incorrectly or the serpent threatened the messenger. As a result, men had to die and serpents had to cast their skin and live forever instead. Some believe in an old women story. The story told that one old woman used to cast her skin. Unfortunately, her child could not recognize her. As a result, she was so sad that she went back to get her old skin and never cast skin again.

 

An interesting Fijian saying “O that those children had dug up that body!” had something to do with the tale: god passed by the grave of the first man and asked the bystanders to dig him up because the man would be alive again. But the primitive sextons persisted in leaving their dead father in the grave. Then the god punished mankind for disobeying him.

 

Before presenting an unproved myth of the cause of death in the next section, I would like to point out one interesting fact; myths are geological. In other words, people symbolize things according to what are there for them to symbolize. For example, banana grows in Malaysia while apples do not. There are many snakes in the rainforest in Australia while none of giraffe. That is why the people there would rather symbolize bananas rather than apples. Just like the aborigines would rather relate death to serpents and not giraffes. Despite, similar beliefs might not mean a genetic relation. For example, beliefs in gods (and goddesses), which were presented in both the Pacific and South-east Asia, were also presented in other parts of the world such as Greek and Africa. Therefore, the similarity we found here is not adequate to support if the Southeast Asian migrated to the Pacific. Further anthropological evidence should be the essential resource for Crocombe (2007)’s argument.


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