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The Great She Serpent. She lived alone in the Sky, although she shared flying space with [TURUKAWA], a female hawk.

One day the hawk made a nest and laid two eggs, so goodness knows where she had been skylarking. Intrigued, DEGEI offered to baby-sit and was astounded when the eggs hatched and out popped a baby girl and boy.

TURUKAWA seems to have shrugged her feathers and flown off, so DEGEI became a foster mum. She taught her adopted children everything and made them wise enough to start the human race.

Some time later, a group of first generation brothers on hunting practice shot down a hawk. This hawk turned out to be TURUKAWA. DEGEI decided to punish them with a flood, but she was too kind-hearted to let them drown.

Instead she sent down a shaddock fruit for them to use as a life raft — and a snack for when the flood subsided.

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Article last updated on 16 May 2005
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Name : DEGEI
Area or people : Fiji
Location : the Pacific Islands
Gender : Female
Type : Fabulous Creature
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 140

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