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is a village on the southwest corner of Savai'i
Savaii is the largest and highest island in Samoa and the Samoa Islands chain. It is also the biggest landmass in Polynesia outside Hawaii and New Zealand. The island of Savai'i is also referred to by Samoans as Salafai, a classical Samoan term used in oratory and prose...
island in Samoa
Samoa , officially the Independent State of Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa is a country encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It became independent from New Zealand in 1962. The two main islands of Samoa are Upolu and one of the biggest islands in...
. The village is part of the electoral constituency (Faipule District
) Alataua West which forms part of the larger political district of Vaisigano
Vaisigano is a political district at the western tip of Savai'i island in Samoa. The capital of the district is Asau.This area is also referred to as 'Itu Asau' in the Samoan language.The population of Vaisigano is 6,643 ....
In Samoan mythology
Samoan mythology tell stories of many different gods. There were gods of the forest, the seas, rain, harvest, villages and war. There were two types of gods, atua who had non-human origins and aitu who were of human origin. Tagaloa was a supreme god who made the islands and the people. Mafui'e was...
, the village of Falelima is associated with a powerful spirit called Nifoloa.
The following is an explanation of the myth told in the words of Samoan historian Teo Tuvale
Teo Tuvale was a significant Samoan historian who served terms as Chief Justice and Secretary to Government in Samoa during the era of colonialism....
(1855–1919) in the publication An Account of Samoan History up to 1918