Leutogi

Leutogi

Leutogi was a Polynesian goddess, originally a Samoan princess later turned goddess, and once worshiped in the Samoan archipelago in the central South Pacific ocean.

Myth

Leutogi was a princess of the Samoan Islands who was sent to the neighbouring island of Tonga to become the second wife of the king of Tonga, as part of a peace treaty between the two island kingdoms. There however, Princess Leutogi found herself to be held in low esteem by the people of Tonga; when she discovered a wounded baby bat, Leutogi took pity on him and nursed him back to health herself, but Leutogi was derided by the Tongans for her acts of kindness.

But the baby bat's family did not forget her acts of kindness; when the king's family fell into misfortune, Princess Leutogi was used as a scapegoat and sentenced to die by fire accused as a witch. As the flames surrounded her, thousands of bats filled the sky and urinated on the pyre, extinquishing the flames and saving Princess Leutogi's life.

The Tongans then exiled Princess Leutogi to a barren and deserted island, expecting her to soon starve to death. Princess Leutogi, however, survived there happily for many years thanks to the bats, who kept her constant company, and who brought her plenty of fresh fruit and nuts for food every day. In time, Princess Leutogi became a goddess and protector of the bats.

See also

External links

  • Leutogi, Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines