The story of Malo
Malo was one of four brothers who sailed from New Guinea. A strong wind separated them and Malo sailed on alone until a big wave sank his canoe at Mer.
But Malo was very powerful. He drifted around the islands, transforming himself into sea creatures and finally an octopus.
A woman called Kabur was fishing and the strong waves carried Malo towards her. He entwined himself around her. Kabur speared the octopus, placed him in her basket and took Malo ashore.
The Meriam hailed Malo, "Keriba agud, ged seker em. Our God, our protector." The men of Las said, "Let there be no more fighting between us. Let Malo remain here to be agud for all."
So Malo gave the Meriam laws and ceremonies to govern their lives.
Sep, 19, 1995
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Malo Dance from Mabo film
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Malo Dance 1967
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The Malo-Bomai myth
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Malo Ceremonial Dance 1898
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Malo ceremonial dance as drawn by A.C.Haddon
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Star-headed Malo clubs
Image and Text
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