The main staple of the Chamorro diet before the war
In 1902, Juan Mesa, from the familian Dodo, owed José Cruz Fejarang seven gånta of corn. That was a lot of corn.
A gånta was a measurement of dry grains or cereals, equivalent to about three liters. The term was borrowed from the Philippines.
Freshly harvested rice in a gånta crate
So imagine seven of the crates pictured above, but filled with corn kernels. That's how much corn Juan owed José.
One afternoon, Juan Dodo went to José Fejarang's house in Santa Cruz, a barrio on the western end of Hagåtña.
Juan yelled at Fejarang from the street, so that even the neighbors could hear.
"Are you wanting to collect from me?"
Fejarang yelled back, "Yes!"
Juan yelled back, "Gran puñetero! Lanña' hao! Karåho! Maila' ya ta mumu! Tåya' ma'åñao-ho, ni gi as nanå-ho!"
"Big idiot! Screw you! Damn it! Come and let's fight! I have no fear, not even of my mother!"
Thankfully, the verbal fight did not move to fists.
Instead, the case was brought to court. Witnesses testified that Juan Dodo did say those words.
But the two enemies asked the court to drop the case, as they would solve the problem on their own.
The case was dropped.
Not even of his mother. Imagine that.