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PALAUAN LEGENDS
 

This is a story that took place in a hamlet called Ngebuked in Ngaraard.

Dulei, a young man from Ngebuked, was in love with a very young, beautiful woman named Surech, who lived in Ngkeklau hamlet.  Dulei, with Surech on his mind most of the time, one day told of her beauty to the chief of the village, Marra Ngebuked.  Upon learning of her beauty, the chief instructed young Dulei to bring Surech for him to see.  The following day, Dulei set out to Surech's village, and as usual, they went to the hills.  They stayed there for seven days, as Dulei could not bring himself to relay the unfortunate turn of events to Surech.  She finally conned him out of his bad mood and brought out the story.  Unfortunately, Dulei had misinterpreted the chief's order.  He thought that because Surech's face was so beautiful, the chief wanted her head only.  When she heard the story, she felt Dulei struggling with his feelings. She assured him that she would be willing to do this sacrifice for him.  She started gathering fronds of palm trees nearby for the basket, which would carry her head to the chief.  On its completion, she laid her head down and asked Dulei to hurry with the task for it was fast becoming dark and he had a long journey before him.  He quickly chopped off her head, put it in the basked and returned to Ngebuked to find the chief.

On his arrival, however, it was night, and coming to the Bai where the chief would be, Dulei had to hang the basked on the limb of a nearby tree.  He himself was aware of the grotesque sight he would present if he were to meet anyone.  He found the chief in the Bai and thus informed him of the situation and the manner had had brought Surech.  The chief was so horrified with the news and shocked that he had the villagers kill Dulei for misinterpreting his order.

Some say that Dulei intentionally misunderstood the order, for he knew that if the chief were to see Surech's beauty, he would take her for his own, and poor Dulei could not bear this.

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