Balladeer’s Blog’s recent look at The Gods of Fiji has been a hit! For another deity for the list here is Vakaleleyalo, whom I also went ahead and added to the main article. For more than 20 other gods from Fiji see my blog post HERE
VAKALELEYALO – One of the entities encountered by dead souls on their epic journey to Mbulu, the land of the dead. Also called Taveta and Thema this deity is often described as “the Charon of Fijian myths.”
As Charon ferried souls across the River Styx, so Vakaleleyalo was the canoe captain who would ferry the souls of the dead from the Rakiraki region across to Mbulu.
Vakaleleyalo would ask male spirits two questions: a) Did you marry? and b) Have you slain men in battle? If the answer to either question was “no” then the deity would toss the soul overboard to be gnawed on by ghostly sharks.
After a time the canoe captain would retrieve the passenger and ferry them the rest of the way but they would spend their afterlife with the sharks’ teeth-marks upon them.
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