A fable from Reunion Island: Arlin, Ivrin and Rachid From the foot of a rocky piton, three cirques divided this land.
Where three rivers flowed in three directions of the horizon.
In Mafate, there once lived a Christian patriarch named Ivrin. He sang loud in the midnight mass, but never came out of his cirque. He taught his grandchildren all kinds of things, in particular the direction of the sea, towards the Northwest.
Following the waters of Cilaos, he became friend with an Indian gardener named Arlin, just like him a native Creole with his heart on his sleeve. This friendship caused an endless argument every year, in which Arlin took a mischievous pleasure in claiming that the sea could only be located in the direction of the river, to the South. One day, not bearing it any longer, they decided to climb the mountain to get to the bottom of it and finally find out who was right. On their way up, as they approached the country house at nightfall, they caught up with an old merchant from Salazie named Rachid, a Muslim full of piety. All evening, they contemplated the origin of creation, one defending Brahma, one Allah and the third Jesus; and also the direction of the sea, Rachid reluctant to abandon the idea of a sea in the Northeast.
They rose before dawn, each determined in his absolute faith to triumph over the other two. Then the sun rose, they finally reached the summit and raised their noses above the horizon at the same time. They said together in one voice: "Ah you see, I told you so, I was right!", pointing each at a different direction. And the sea was at the end of each finger. So they left with a big smile. By climbing higher, they had finally discovered that all three were right, but that they could not understand it before. They said on the way down: "No doubt that the Creator is like the sea: he surrounds us but we can only see what appears in the valley's mouth." They decided to call their land "Reunion".
And in memory of this discovery, Arlin, Ivrin, Rachid and their friends have breakfast together once a year.
Reunion Island is a land of legends that will delight the youngest as well as their parents. Submerge yourselves in the stories of “Gran mèr' Kalle” or “Ti Jean et Gran Diable”. Townships and libraries are multiplying the storytelling evenings and afternoons, in alternation with "Cinémarmailles" sessions.
Reunion Island: hideout for pirates and buccaneers
The legend still lives today.
The pirate "the Hawk" and the bandit "Sitarane" are among the best known. Rumours say that at night, rituals and offerings are still celebrated on their tombs in Saint-Paul and Saint-Pierre.
Reunion Island is a land of legends that will delight the youngest as well as their parents. Submerge yourselves in the stories of “Gran mèr' Kalle” or “Ti Jean et Gran Diable”. Townships and libraries are multiplying the storytelling evenings and afternoons, in