went by, Uaro had a child Teufi. Uaro loved her
child so much she gave her prized black pearl to Teufi,
the one that had been given to her by Oro. As time went
by, Teufi grew to become just as beautiful as her mother
and was pursued by many suitors. Oro watched over her and
she promised to only marry a man who would bring her a
pearl as large and as beautiful as the one that was given
to her from her mother.
her to be happy. It was a fatherly issue for him and he
wanted to keep her protected. He knew that no one would
be able to find a pearl as large as the one that she already
had. It was an impossible task for any mere man.
far and wide the suiters came. Among them, twin brothers
who proved to be the most dedicated and skillful. One of
the brothers was so enamoured with Teufi that he promised
without fail to find that rare oyster that would have a
pearl as large as the other pearl given to her by her mother.
Teufi also loved the twin brother and she made every effort
to show her beauty and love to the brother.
the brother had challenged the god Oro by saying that he
could find a pearl just as large as Oro's gift. Oro made
the brother's journey long and difficult. But the brother
was strong. He trained long and hard and built up his strength
needed to search the seas. The pearl diving was difficult
and the brother had been diving many weeks. The brother
becaume discouraged but kept looking... searching far and
deep into the ocean depths, the brother finally, found
a matching pearl. Exhausted and depleted of strength, he
presented the pearl to Teufi. With great joy she accepted
was short lived as the brother, suddenly and tragically
died. Teufi was heartbroken and her mourning lasted many
days. Many around her also mourned, but not as much as
the other twin brother. He and his brother had a bond unlike
way he could see to honor the memory of his brother was
to take his place and ask for Teufi's hand in marriage.
Needless to say, Oro was not happy at first about this
news but later realized the great sorrow that it would
cause for Teufi if she were not able to wed the twin brother.
He yielded and eventually gave has blessing.
and family gathered to celebrate the wedding. They brought
food and gifts and it was one of the largest celebrations
ever in Tahiti. Yet the festivites would never match the
magnificence of the black pearl.