Usuga e Sefulu a Tuia’ana Tamalelagi, Ma Fa’avae o Aiga E Lua o Samoa.

O LE FA’AVAE O AIGA E LUA O SAMOA, MA USUGA A TUIA’ANA TAMALELAGI E SEFULU: FALESEFULU

1. Usu Tuia’ana Tamalelagi ia Namoaitele (daughter of Folasaitu in Faleata) fa’aee le gafa: – o Tuala. (boy: eldest – “O Le Alii o Aiga” and founder of family “SA-TUALA”Le Aiga Fa’alagilagi o Samoa)
2. Usu Tuia’ana Tamalelagi ia Gese (daughter of Malufau in Lauli’i) fa’aee le gafa:- Malufau. (boy)
3. Usu Tuia’ana Tamalelagi ia Umalau (daughter of Lilomaiava Seve of Safotu) fa’aee le gafa:- o Peseta. (founder of the “SA-PESETA” in Savaii”)
4. Usu Tuia’ana Tamalelagi ia Seiomana (daughter of Vaovasa in Faleasi’u) fa’aee le gafa:- o Tuitama.
5. Usu Tuia’ana Tamalelagi ia Fulisiailagitele (daughter of Tu’uma’ai in Safotulafai) fa’aee le gafa:- o Tuioti (boy), ma Taualofa’e.
6. Usu Tuia’ana Tamalelagi ia Ufalefu (daughter of Talima in Faleatiu) fa’aee le gafa:- o Feiloa’ivao or Feiloa’iivao.
7. Usu Tuia’ana Tamalelagi ia Seanatoe (daughter of La’ululolopo in Gaga’emalae) fa’aee le gafa:- o Tuitogamatoe. (girl)
8. Usu Tuia’ana Tamalelagi ia Siotafasi (daughter of Puni in Samatau) fa’aee le gafa:- o Tilivea.
9. Toe usuia e Tuia’ana Tamalelagi ia Siotamea (the other daughter of Puni in Samatau) fa’aee le gafa:- o Lea’ana.
10. Usu Tuia’ana Tamalelagi ia Vaetoefaga (daughter of Tui-Toga King of Tonga) fa’aee le gafa:- o Salamasina. (girl: ulua’i – first Tupu Tafa’ifa of Samoa: “LE AIGA PA’IA O SA-LEVALASI”).

NOTE: Tuia’ana Tamalelagi’s first cousin So’oaemalelagi Levalasi as Le Aiga Pa’ia o Sa-Levalasi at Lotofaga in Atua, adopted Salamasina as her child. As an honoured from warrior Goddess Nafanua, So’oaemalelagi Levalasi honoured Salamasina the Four Ancient Paramount Titles of Samoa; Tuiatua, Tuia’ana, Vaetamasoalii and Gatoaitele, and she became the first Tupu Tafa’ifa of Samoa Queen Salamasina.

Aiga E Lua O Samoa – The Two Main Families Of Samoa: 1.) O le Aiga pa’ia o Sa-Levalasi i Atua, 2.) ma le Aiga fa’alagilagi le Aiga Sa-Tuala. O aiga fa’avae ma le faitaulia a ia e lua o lo’o ta’oto ai gafa Tautupu ma gafa Tautamali’i o Samoa.

This mavaega had already been pronounced by Queen Tupu Tafa’ifa Salamasina of the two families, Le Aiga Sa-Levalasi and Le Aiga Sa-Tuala, and their royal mats are called ‘Pulu’ and ‘Leuleu’.

O LE GAOIMAIGA O TUI-A’ANA TAMALELAGI

O le ali’i lenei o Tamalelagi, o le tama a le teine o Vaetamasoali’i ia Tuia’ana Tagaloa Selaginato. Na fanau i Safata, ona malaga atu lea o le auso lenei sa’ilimalo o A’ana ua teu fa’alo’omatutua tama nei a’o tausami le failele, a’o leleo ai isi fafine i le pepe. Ona susu’e atu lea o le pola e tama nei o Tutuila ma Ape, ma o la faufautu pei lava o ni fafine, ona fa’apea atu lea o nei tama, aumaia se’i o ma tausi ae o oulua e fai sa oulua fa’amalosiga.

Ona tu’u mai loa lea iai o le pepe i tama ae o fafine e a’ai, ona sosola mai loa lea o tama ma le pepe. Ua alu ane Vaetamasoali’i ua uma ona tausami ua leai se tamaititi, ona fesili lea o le teine po’o fea o iai lana tama, ona vevesi ai lea ma ua sau le tuliloaga ma fai ai le taua i gauta o Lefaga ma Leulumoega.

Na taunu’u atu fo’i Liolevave ma fesoasoani i le taua ona solomuli lea o Safata, ae malolo le malaga a tama ma tafu le latou afi i ga’uta o Lefaga. Ona tanu ai lea o le pute o le tama i Malala, o lo’o igoa ai lenei ele’ele o TANUMALALA. Ua taunu’u i Sagamea-uta ona tu’u ai lea o le tama ae alu Ape i Fasito’o-uta alu Tutuila i Fasito’o-tai. Ae usu mai i le ava o le taeao e tuai mai Tutuila ona maua lea o le alagaupu fa’apea; E MOE MANATUNATU APE AE MOE GASE TUTUILA.

Ona toe tu’utu’u atu lea o le tama i lalo o le Malae o le Vavau, suia ai le igoa o le ele’ele na tu’u muamua o Tutuila ma Ape o NOFOALI’I. Ona usu ane lea o Alipia talanoa ma Tutuila ma Ape ona fai lea iai e tu’u lo la ali’i e tausi e le Tumua. Ona o ai lea o Togitogi ma ona tei ua tapena mai le ulumoega o le ali’i o Tamaalelagi, o fala ma siapo ma ona fala lauie. Ona suia ai lea o le suafa o le Malae o le Vavau o LEULUMOEGA. Ona matua lea o le tama ona o ane lea o Alipia ma Suluga ua alaga Papa o le Tuia’ana ia Tamaalelagi, a’o le taimi fo’i lea o iai Tuia’ana Sagate. Ona nofolua lea o nei tupu se’ia o’o lava ina tau lo la taua lea na fa’ato’a iloa ai Nafanua i Tumua nei ma sunu’i ai alafale a le tama’ita’i o lo’o alala ai le suafa Tupa’i.

O LE MAFUA’AGA O LE SUAFA TALAMAIVAO/ULUALOFAIGA

(O le tasi lenei o taofi.)
Ina ua agaleagaina le tina o Salamasina o Vaetoefaga e Leulumoega, ona ave ai lea o le feau a Salamasina i Fagaloa i le tuagane o Vaetoefaga, o Ulualofaiga. Ua agaleagaina lona tuafafine e Tuia’ana Tamalelagi ma Leulumoega. E taunu’u atu le tala oi le vao Ulualofaiga, ona maua ai lea o le suafa o Ulualofaiga o le “Talamaivao”. Ona e taunu’u atu le savali a Salamasina ma le tala, oi le vao Ulualofaiga.

Ona malaga ai lea o Ulualofaiga i Leulumoega ma tagata Fagaloa e to’alua. O Pa’ila ma Aiofaiva, o tautai e tautuaina Vaetoefaga ina ua agaleagaina e Tamalelagi ma Leulumoega. E iai ona iai suafa ia e lua i Nofoalii, e o’o mai ilea so.

Ona toe alu fo’i lea o le savali a Salamasina ia Peseta i Safune o Savai’i. Ona aumai ai lea e Peseta o tagata e to’alua, o Tauti ma Mala’itai e tautuaina Vaetoefaga. Ina ua tu’umalo Vaetoefaga, ona manatu lea o Mala’itai o le’a toe fo’i mo Safune. Ona toe fo’i lea o Mala’itai i Safune, ae o lo’o iai pea Tauti i Nofoalii e o’o mai ilea so. (Tulafale: Pa’ila ma Ai’ofaiva. Tapa’au: Tauti ma Mala’itai).

Usuga lona tolu a Tuia’ana Tamalelagi ia Umalau le afafine o Lilomaiava Seve faaee le gafa o Peseta (tama: fa’avae Le Aiga Sa-Peseta i Savaii). Fai mai le tala, sa ta le tatau po’o le lagimalofie a le afioga ia Tuia’ana Tamalelagi, ae pepese le nuu, maua ai le suafa, PESETA , aua sa ta le tamaloa, ae pese le nuu.

NOTE: (tatau) According to tradition, the first Samoan Tufuga (craftsman) who presented the design and the art of the tatau on humans was high Chief Su’a from the island of Savaii. The first Samoan who went through the ritual of the tatau was Paramount Chief Tuia’ana Tamalelagi of the A’ana region, island in Upolu. Tuia’ana Tamalelagi was one of the most colorful personalities of ancient Samoan history. He held one of the four highest titles of Samoa Tuia’ana. He was also renowned for bravery and so handsome that he was married ten times to daughters of Chiefs from various regions of Samoa who sought higher prestige and closer association with this powerful family, and Vaetoefaga daughter of Tui-Toga. It is said that at feasts and on formal occasions when Tuia’ana Tamalelagi showed his tatau, it was admired by the women, but envied by men. Since the time of Tuia’ana Tamalelagi, the ritual of the tatau has become an integral part of Samoan custom and tradition. It was forbidden for members of the aumaga (group of untitled men) to participate in any of the formal ceremonies associated with the councils of chiefs, unless they had gone through the ritual of the tatau. Untitled young men with the tatau are given the name soga’imiti. Only the soga’imiti were authorized to prepare food for the chiefs. And perform other chores as required by the council of chiefs.

(“e ufiufi a le tama’imoa i le tanoa, ae ioio lava..”)

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~ by Christian Brown on September 23, 2008.

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