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PALAUAN LEGENDS
 

Before she earned the name Miladeldil, she was Dirrabkau, who lived at Ngerchebukl in Ngcheschang of Irrai.

One day, seven Tekiimelab (spirits) came by her house and saw her cooking taro.  They went up to her and asked if she could cook their fish for them, and they would pick them up when they returned.  She agreed to do so and they left.

While they were gone, she cut open seven hot steaming taro, put the fish inside, and tied them.  The seven Tekiimelab returned and the Dirrabkau gave them their food in a basket.  Thanking her, they left.

Stopping at one point during their journey, they opened the basket to eat.  Only seeing taro, they looked at each other and thought that the lady had forgotten to put the fish in their basket.  However, when they untied the strings on the taro, they discovered the fish and were so happy that they decided to do some good deed for Dirrabkau.

They sent one of them to inform Dirrabkau of the flood that was to happen on the next full moon, and to advise her to build a raft and tie a very long rope to it.

Full moon came and so did the flood.  It swept through the whole village, going higher and higher until the rope to the raft became so tight, causing the raft to tip over.  When the flood subsided, Dirrabkau was found by the seven Tekiimelab dead with one of her feet stuck to a tree on a mountain of Ngeruach in Ngeremlengui.  They tried all possible ways to revive her.  Suddenly, an Idedeleb (ghostly spirit) passed by.  Immediately, they caught it and transplanted its soul into Dirrabkau.  She then came back to life and assumed a different name, Miladeldil (woman coming back to life from death).

 
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