It’s International Bat Week! I love bats and they are a vital part of our ecosystem that is currently threatened. In honor of bat week, here’s the story of a bat goddess.
There was a Samoan princess named Leutogi. She was ordered to become the second wife of the Tongan King in the hopes that the union would bring peace to the warring nations. It didn’t work, and the people she was Princess of held her in little regard. She was a very kind woman, which they saw as a weakness, and the first Queen in particular hated her. She took to staying away from the town to avoid the animosity.
While out exploring, she found a wounded baby bat. Her guard wanted to kill it but she stood her ground and protected it. She nursed the bat back to health and released it back to its colony when healed. Since she was compassionate, she was ordered to care for the young prince. He died, and she was blamed and was sentenced to be put to death.
A pyre was built and the flames were lit. She thought it was her last moments, but a cloud of bats appeared. Thousands of bats arrived and peed on the flames, extinguishing them and saving her life. The King feared this, so next he banished her to a barren island to starve.
Instead of starving, bats brought her food and colonized the island. They pooped so much that the island eventually became a fertile paradise. In time, she became a fertility goddess and protector of bats, being worshiped as such by her people.