"There are not many children's lullabies in the Tongan language. This probably has to do with the old traditional attitude that kids should be seen but not heard. 'Ana Latu' is the closest one I could think which is a well known children's lullaby a lot of mothers sing to their kids. But if you listen closely to the words, this song is actually a lamenting song about Ana who has departed this world." -Let's Learn Tongan

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Notes

"Ana Latu" dates back to the 1850's or earlier.

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Translated by Mama Lisa.

Photo: Tonga Lake

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