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PALAUAN LEGENDS
 

Ngerot Island is an island carried on a huge fish, or an island on which the top is land, and under the surface is a huge fish.  This is how it is told in Palau.

On the island of Kayangel in the northern part of Palau, there was a man whose name was Rdechor.  Considered the best ruler, he did not wish to have everything for himself.  He cared for his subjects' needs, treated them kindly and respected their properties.

One day, Rdechor and his beloved son went out fishing.  Since it was their custom, they went to fish during the night.  Reaching the place they had chosen for their fishing, they cast down their anchor into the deep, blue water and began fishing, dropping their lines into the water.  Soon Rdechor found that the place was not good for fishing, for they could not feel any fish catching their lines.  They paddled to another place they thought would be favorable for fishing.  Approaching the area, Rdechor saw a strange figure, huge and dark, moving closer and closer.  He though it must be an island, but no, he thought, this was not.

Still wondering whether it was an island or not, he shouted to his son, who was seated on the front of their canoe.  "What is that huge, dark figure over there?  Let's see.  It couldn’t be an island.  There was not any island at this place before.  It must be something else but I can’t make out what it is."

When they went closer, they realized that the huge, dark thing that they saw was an island.  Anchoring their canoe, Rdechor was still wondering about the island that they had discovered.  He couldn't be completely convinced that it was really an island.  He still thought it was some strange thing.  Having these doubts in his mind, he decided to stay until the next morning.  He wanted to make sure whether it was an island or something else.

While Rdechor was sleeping, his son went on the shore of the island and visited it.  Exploring, the boy saw many precious stones that looked nice to play with.  Then he picked up one of the beautiful stones and starting throwing it out to the sea.  But something happened—they all came back to the island again.  The boy tried many times and still, all the precious stones came back to the island.  It was then that the boy went back to the canoe and took a basket.  He put in what the basket could hold, and brought it back to the canoe.

When Rdechor and his son woke up the next morning, they were floating.  The island had disappeared.  Rdechor remembered he had seen an island the night before.  It must be one of my dreams, he thought.  But all of a sudden his son said excitedly, "Look, father," and he held out he basket full of stones "Have you seen my tmaod stones?"

Rdechor stretched out his hand and the basket and peered in.  He saw the stones in the basket, but they were not merely stones, they were money.  Having seen this money, Rdechor fell down as though he were dead, for he knew he had missed the chance of being rich.  If only he had been more careful in visiting the island.

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