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NameOriginDescription
"Adaro" Melanesia / Polynesia A creature which is half human, half fish, having the upper body of a human and the lower part of its body is like a fish. They live in the Sun, and travel to earth on Rainbows. Melanesia / Polynesia
Goddess name "Ai Tupua'i" Polynesia Goddess of healing and of war. Polynesia
Goddess name "Aiaru" Polynesia Goddess who predicts death. One of the Seven Guardians of the world. Polynesia
Ghost name "Aitu" Polynesia ghosts or spirits, often malevolent. Polynesia
Goddess name "Ala Muki" Polynesia Goddess of rivers who takes the form of a dragon. Polynesia
Goddess name "Alalahe" Polynesia Goddess of love. Polynesia
Goddess name "Alohura" Polynesia The lightning goddess of the beTrobi people. Mentioned in The Colour of Magic.
Deities name "Anu-Mate" Polynesian God of space. One of the sons of RANGINUI by Pokoharua, the sister of TANGAROA, the sea god. He belongs to a group of deities engendered at the time of creation that includes ANU-MATE, Anu-Matao, Anu-Whakarere and Anu-Whakatoro, all of whom rule over different aspects of space above the upper world. AnuMate is perceived as the god responsible for the “space of cold death” and in fact all of the group are envisaged as deities ruling over realms of great cold....
God name "Apu-Ko-Hai" Polynesian Fish god of the Kanei who inhabit the Polynesian island of Mangaia.
Goddess name "Atanea" Polynesian A goddess of the dawn in Polynesian mythology. She created the seas after having a miscarriage and filling the oceans with her amniotic fluid.
Supreme god name "Atea" Polynesian Supreme god. The father of the gods depicted as a hybrid, his body divided vertically, the left half being fishy and the right half of human form. In the tradition of the Hervey Islands, he is the firstborn son of the primordial mother VARI-MA-TE-TAKERE. After a short existence low down in the world coconut living immediately above his mother, he moved to the opening of the upper world. He is largely comparable to TANE, the god of light. Also AVATEA, Vatea, Wakea....
"Atua Fafine" Polynesia Creator being Tikopia / Polynesia
God name "Atua Fafine" Polynesian / Tikopia Creator being. One of a pair with ATUA I RAROPUKA when the land of Tikopia was pulled up from the bottom of the ocean. They may have been there from the outset, or arrived on the back of a turtle from foreign parts. They engendered five sons, all gods....
"Atua Fafine Tikopia" Polynesia A creator being
God name "Atua I Kafika" Tikopia / Polynesia Supreme sky god. Tikopia / Polynesia
Supreme god name "Atua I Kafika" Polynesian / Tikopia Supreme god. Regarded as an intercessor rather than as ultimate creator or controller....
Supreme god name "Atua I Kafika Tikopia" Polynesia The supreme god viewed as a intercessor rather than a Controller
Deity name "Atua I Raropuka" Polynesia Creator deity Tikopia / Polynesia
God name "Atua I Raropuka" Polynesian / Tikopia Creator being. One of a pair with Atua Fafine when the land of Tikopia was pulled up from the bottom of the ocean. They may have been there from the outset, or arrived on the back of a turtle from foreign parts. They engendered five sons, all gods....
Deity name "Atua I Raropuka Tikpoa" Polynesia Another creator deity
God name "Avatea" Polynesian / Hervey Islands moon god. The firstborn offspring of the great mother VARI-MATE-TAKERE and the elder sibling of TINIRAU. According to tradition, Vari-Ma-Te-Takere plucked a piece from her right side to engender Avatea, who is half man, half fish. He is divided vertically with his left side fishy and his right side human....
God name "Faivarongo" Polynesia Grandsire of the Ocean and the god of sailors. Polynesia
God name "Faivarongo" Polynesian / Tikopia God of mariners. The eldest son of a being known as Ariki Kafika Tuisifo, he is a patron and guardian of seafarers and is also regarded as the origin of the royal Tikopian lineage. Also known as the “grandsire of the ocean.” He is closely linked with the chthonic god TIFENUA and the sky god ATUA I KAFIKA....
God name "Faivarongo Tikopia" Polynesia A god of sailors
Supreme god name "Fakavelikele" Polynesia The supreme god of the Futuna who, with songia and Fitu, was considered the source of all good and evil. Polynesia
Goddess name "Faumea" Polynesia Goddess of fertility. Polynesia
God name "Fe'e" Polynesian God of the dead. Perceived as a giant cuttlefish who was once subdued by the god of deep underground rocks. Part of the principle of Polynesian religion that every deity has a superior and and inferior who have either bested, or been bested by, the other at some mythical time....
God name "Haikili" Hawaii The god of thunder.Hawaii Polynesian
Goddess name "Haka" Polynesia The goddess who, along with her husband Tetoo, created the sky and the earth. Polynesia
"Hakahotu" Polynesia The earth Mother and guiding feminine principle. Polynesia
Goddess name "Hakea" Polynesian, Hawaii Goddess of the underworld. Her role was generally shared with the chthonic goddess Miru....
Deities name "Hanui-o-Rangi (fatber of winds)" Polynesian God of winds and weather. He is the son of the sky god RANGINUI, who fathered him on one of his early consorts, Pokoharua, the sister of TANGAROA, the sea god. All the subsequent descendants of Hanui-o-Rangi are believed to rule over various aspects of the weather. Hanui thus fathered Tawhiri, the god of the northwest wind, whose son was Tiu. They control the fierce storms from the east. The children of Tiu include Hine-I-Tapapauta and Hine-Tu-Whenua, the deities overseeing the more gentle westerly winds. Hine-Tu-Whenua is the mother of Hakona-Tipu and Pua-I-Taha, controlling the southern and southwesterly gales....
Goddess name "Haumea" Hawaiian Mother goddess. ] She is the daughter of PAPATUANUKU, the primordial earth mother, and is revered by many people of Polynesia and by the Maori of New Zealand. Her more notable children include PELE, the volcano goddess of Hawaii, and HI'AIKA, the goddess of the dance. As a deity responsible for birth, Haumea possesses a magical wand that she used at the time of creation to engender fruit trees and fish. From time to time she uses it to replenish stocks. Mythology also identifies her as a heroine who saved herself and her consort from enemies at the time of creation by hiding in a breadfruit tree and fending off the attackers with poisonous sap and wood splinters....
God name "Haumiatiketike" Maori vegetation god Polynesia / Maori
God name "Haumiatiketike" Polynesian / including Maori vegetation god. The deity concerned with wild plants gathered as food, and particularly with the rhizome of the bracken which has been traditionally relied on by the Maori in times of famine or need....
God name "Haumiatiketike/ Haumia" Polynesia / Maori A vegetation God
Goddess name "Havea Lolo Fonua" Polynesia Goddess of intercourse Polynesia
"Heva" Polynesia The legendary "first woman" who, together with Ad-ima, arrived at the Indian subcontinent after the Great Flood destroyed a former age of civilized greatness. Polynesia
Goddess name "Hina" Polynesian / Tahiti moon goddess. In local traditions the daughter of the god TANGAROA and creatrix of the moon, which she governs. She lives in one of its dark spots representing groves of trees which she brought from earth in a canoe and planted. She is also represented as the consort of Tangaroa. Hina probably evolved in Tahiti from the Polynesian underworld goddess HINE-NUITE-PO. Also SINA (Samoa); Ina (Hervey Islands)....
Goddess name "Hina-Uri" Polynesian moon goddess. Also known as HINA, Ina or SINA, she is the sister of MAUI and the consort of Irewaru. Tradition has it that she can manifest herself in two forms according to the lunar phases. Her role is associated with fertility and her cult may have been imported from Asia, since SIN is the name of a western Asiatic moon god also closely associated with fertility rites....
Goddess name "Hine-Ahu-One" Maori Chthonic goddess Polynesia / Maori
Goddess name "Hine-Ahu-One (maiden formed of the earth)" Polynesian / including Maori Chthonic goddess. Engendered by the god TANE when he needed a consort because, with the exception of the primordial earth mother PAPATUANUKU, all the existing gods of creation were male. Tane created her out of the red earth and breathed life into her. She became the mother of HINE-ATA-UIRA....
Goddess name "Hine-Ata-Uira" Maori Goddess of light Polynesia / Maori
Goddess name "Hine-Ata-Uira (daughter of the sparkling dawn)" Polynesian / including Maori Goddess of light. The daughter of the creator god TANE and HINEAHU-ONE. She did not remain a sky goddess but descended into the underworld, where she became the personification of death, HINE-NUITE-PO....
Goddess name "Hine-Nui-Te-Po (great woman of the night)" Polynesian / including Maori Chthonic underworld goddess. Originally she was HINE-ATAUIRA, the daughter of TANE and HINE-AHUONE, but she descended to rule over the underworld. She is depicted in human form but with eyes of jade, hair of seaweed and teeth like those of a predatory fish....
God name "Ihoiho" Polynesian / Society Islands Creator god. Before Ihoiho there was nothing. He created the primeval waters on which floated TINO TAATA, the creator of mankind....
God name "Ika ere" Polynesian Fish god. The son of Punga and grandson of TANGAROA, the sea and creator god, he is revered in various regions of Polynesia as the progenitor of all life in the sea, especially fish. His brother is Tu-Te-Wanawana, the deity responsible for the well-being of lizards, snakes and other reptiles. When fierce storms arose at the time of creation under the control of TAWHIRIMATEA, the god of winds, mythology records that Tu-Te-Wanawana went inland to escape the devastation while Ikatere took to the safety of the sea. The incident became known as the schism of Tawhirimatea and has resulted in an eternal conflict between TANE(MAHUTA) the Forest god and Tangaroa, the sea god....
"Ilu" Polynesia Father of night. Samoa, Polynesia
God name "Ina" Polynesia A lunar deity daughter of Kui or Vaitere, who kept an eel in a jar, but it soon grew into the eel-god, Tuna, who tried to rape her. The people of Upolo rescued her and sentenced him to death. At his request, she buried his head in the sand and from it grew the first coconut. Ina is married to Marama, the god of the night. She lives in the sky during the daytime when her husband is not visible. Polynesia
God name "Kahukura" Polynesian / Maori God of Agriculture and creator of the Rainbow. The son of RONGOMAI, Kahukura is invoked for the well-being of crops and in some regions the name appears to be synonymous with that of RONGOMATANE, the god of Agriculture. Kahukura is particularly associated with a staple vegetable of the Maori, the kumara, a root tuber that was introduced to New Zealand by man and is said to possess many magical properties. Kahukura is not to be confused with a legendary character of the same name, a mortal hero who, in antiquity, learned the art of making fish nets....
God name "Kane" Polynesian / Hawaii God of light. A sky god comparable with the more widely known Polynesian deity ATEA. Considered to be part of a primordial trinity with KU (stability) and LONO (sound).See also TANE(MAHUTA)....
Deity name "Ku" Polynesian / Hawaii Primordial being. An aspect of a tripartite deity which also includes KANE, the light, and LONO, sound. They existed in chaos and darkness, which they broke into pieces to allow the light to come in....
God name "Kuklikimoku" Polynesia God of war. Polynesia
Goddess name "Laka" Polynesian / Hawaii Goddess of dancing. A minor deity who is nonetheless greatly revered by islanders in a hedonistic cult of song, dance and sexual liberality....
God name "Lono (sound)" Polynesian / Hawaii Primordial being. An aspect of a tripartite god which also includes KANE, the light, and KU, stability. They first existed in chaos and night which they broke into pieces, allowing light to come in. Also Ono (Marquesas Islands)....
God name "Mahiuikez" Polynesia Fire god Polynesia
Goddess name "Mahui Iki" Polynesia Goddess of fire and the underworld. Polynesia
Goddess name "Mahuika" Polynesia Goddess of earthquakes who rules the edges of the underworld Polynesia
Goddess name "Mahuikez" Polynesian Fire god. Identified with earthquakes and possibly paralleling TOUIA FATUNA (iron stone goddess) in Tongan belief....
"Maimoa-a-Longona" Polynesia The iron rock called Touiafutuna was split asunder and there leapt forth the second pair of the primordial male and female twins, Atungake and Maimoa-a-Longona. Tonga, Polynesia
God name "Make Make" Polynesia God of creation. Polynesia, Easter Island
God name "Make Make" Polynesian / Easter Island Sea god. The tutelary deity of the Easter Islanders, he created mankind and animals. His sacred animal is the sea swallow and the huge anthropomorphic stone figures which characterize the island's archaeology form part of his cult....
"Malamanganga'e" Polynesia Creator being who was a personification of light Polynesia
"Malamanganga'e (light eastward)" Polynesian Creator being. One of the two personifications of light who, with MALAMANGANGAIFO, engendered Lupe, the dove, whose consort is rock. From these primordial principles came several generations of supernatural beings whose descendants engendered mankind....
"Malamangangaifo" Polynesia The other creator being that was a personification of light
"Malamangangaifo (light westward)" Polynesian Creator being. See also MALAMANGANGA'E....
"Malimeihevao" Polynesia A supernatural being known through the oral traditions of the Tonga, Polynesia.
Goddess name "Marama" Maori Goddess of the moon Polynesia / Maori
Goddess name "Marama" Polynesian / Maori moon goddess. She equates with the Tahitian goddess HINA, daughter of TANGAROA. Tradition has it that her body wastes away with each lunar cycle but is restored when she bathes in the sea from which all life springs....
Demon name "Maru" Polynesian / Maori God of war. One of the important deities revered by Maori clans in New Zealand in times of war, he may be represented in totems as an aggressive face with a prominent tuft of hair, staring eyes and tongue protruding, though these totems generally represent ancestors rather than deities. Maru may be invoked in the familiar Maori war dances and chants demonstrated popularly by the All Blacks before rugby matches all over the world....
God name "Maui" Maori Tutelary god Polynesia / Maori
Goddess name "Maui" Polynesian / Maori / New Zealand Tutelary god. Not a creator god but one who assists mankind in various supernatural ways. According to tradition he was aborted at birth and cast into the sea by his mother, who thought he was dead. He was rescued entangled in seaweed. He is the deity who drew the islands of New Zealand from the floor of the ocean in a net. Maui caught the Sun and beat it into submission, making it travel more slowly across the sky so that the days became longer. He also brought fire from the underworld for mankind and tried, unsuccessfully, to harness immortality for him by entering the vulva of the underworld goddess HINE-NUI-TE-PO while she was asleep. She awoke and crushed him to death. Though a deity, he had been made vulnerable to death by a mistake during his rites of birth (see also Balder). Also Mawi....
"Mories" Polynesian Places of worship and sacrifice, could never be entered by women. Polynesian
God name "Oro" Tahiti A god of both war and peace in Polynesia. During peacetime he was called Oro-i-Te-Tea-Moe ("Oro with the spear down"). He is a son of Tangaroa and Hina-Tu-A-Uta, and father of Hoa-Tapu, Toi-Mata, Ai-Tupuai and Mahu-Fatu-Rau. Tahiti
God name "Oro" Polynesian / Tahiti God of war. One of the sons of TANGAROA....
God name "Oro Polynesia/" Tahiti A god of war
Goddess name "Papatuanuku" Polynesia Chthonic mother goddess who evolved spontaneously in the cosmic night. Polynesia
Goddess name "Papatuanuku" Polynesian / including Maori Chthonic mother goddess. According to tradition she evolved spontaneously in the cosmic night personified by TE PO and became the apotheosis of papa, the earth. In other traditions she was engendered, with the sky god RANGINUI, by a primordial androgynous being, ATEA. Paptuanuku and Ranginui are regarded as the primal parents of the pantheon who, through a prolonged period of intercourse, produced at least ten major deities as their children. In Maori culture Papatuanuku, like all deities, is represented only by inconspicuous, slightly worked stones or pieces of wood and not by the large totems, which are depictions of ancestors....
Goddess name "Pare" Polynesia Goddess of volcanoes. Polynesia
Goddess name "Pele" Polynesian / Hawaii Volcano goddess. According to tradition she arrived in Hawaii in a canoe, having sailed from Tahiti. She may derive locally from the more familiar Polynesian moon goddess, HINA, since one of her alternative names is Hina-Ai-Malama (Hina who devours the moon)....
Deities name "Pu Ma" Polynesian Generic name for deities. The title given to any god of high rank....
God name "Pusi" Polynesia The family god of Tonuia, the first ancestor. At an opportune time Pusi would bite an enemy and bring upon him a lingering sickness from which he would waste away. Tikopia, Polynesia
God name "Pusi" Polynesian / Tikopia Fish god. The apotheosis of the reef eel who probably accompanied the Tongan ancestors who migrated to Tikopia....
God name "Pusi Tikopia" Polynesia if this God, the apotheosis of the reef eel
Deities name "Quat" Polynesian / Banks Islands Creator god. As with many Polynesian deities, the god is depicted as being very inactive, sitting around all day doing nothing....
God name "Raka" Polynesia God of the winds. Polynesia
Goddess name "Raka (trouble) (2)" Polynesian / Hervey Islands God of winds. The fifth child of VARI-MA-TE-TAKERE, the primordial mother. His home is Moana-Irakau (deep ocean). He received as a gift from his mother a great basket containing the winds, which became his children, each allotted a hole in the edge of the horizon through which to blow. The mother goddess also gave him knowledge of many useful things which he passes on to mankind....
God name "Ranginui" Polynesian / including Maori sky god. The socalled sky father of the Polynesian culture whose consort is PAPATUANUKU, the earth mother. During a prolonged period of inseparable intercourse they became the prime parents of the Polynesian pantheon of gods. The children found life between the bodies of the parents too cramped and conspired to force them apart. Though one offspring, TUMATAUENGA, wanted to slay them, the advice of TANEMAHUTA, the Forest god, prevailed and RANGINUI and Papatuanuku were merely forced apart....
God name "Rongomai" Polynesian / Maori Whale god. He is the son of TANGAROA, the creator deity responsible for the oceans and the fish, and the father of KAHUKURA, the deity responsible for the appearance of the Rainbow. He is also regarded as the ancestor of several Maori clans. Various traditions are associated with Rongomai. In some regions of New Zealand he is also regarded as a god of war and is thought to have discovered the magic arts during a visit to the underworld, including the power of kaiwhatu, a preventative charm against witchcraft. Rongomai is sometimes mistakenly identified with RONGOMATANE, or Rongo, though the latter is generally considered a distinct personality. As the god responsible for the well-being of whales Rongomai may take the form of a whale, a guise in which he once challenged MARU, a more widely recognized New Zealand war god. Separate mythology places him in the heavens in the form of a comet....
Goddess name "Rongomatane" Polynesian / including Maori God of Agriculture. He is the father of cultivated food and the special gardener of the kumara or sweet potato which is a vital crop in Polynesia. In New Zealand the first sweet potatoes are offered to Rongomatane. In the traditions of the Hervey Islands, Rongo is one of the five sons of the moon god, Vatea, and the mother goddess, Papa....
God name "Rongommatane" Polynesia The god of Agriculture, especially the sweet potato
Goddess name "Ruamoko" Polynesian / Maori God of volcanoes and earthquakes. According to tradition, Ruamoko is the youngest son of RANGINUI and PAPATUANUXU and is possessed by a formidable temper. When his older siblings set about separating the prime parents from their eternal lovemaking in order to allow light into the space between sky and earth, he was enraged and his boisterous tantrum became revealed in the violence of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Ruamoko is of less importance than PELE, the chief volcano goddess of Polynesia, who is revered mainly in Hawaii....
God name "Salevao" Polynesia Sacred one of the bush a general village god as well as a war god. Polynesia
God name "Salevao" Polynesian Primordial god of rocks. He is the brother of SAVEA SI'ULEO, god of the dead, and the consort of PAPATUANUKA, the earth mother, who became pregnant and gave birth to Moa in the center of the earth. (Moa may have been the ancestor of mankind, roughly equating to Adam.)...
God name "Savea Si'uleo" Polynesia God of the dead Polynesia
God name "Savea Si'uleo" Polynesian God of the dead. The brother of SALEVAO, god of rocks....
Goddess name "Sina" Polynesian / Samoan moon goddess. See also HINA....
Goddess name "Taka rita" Polynesia Goddess of adultery Polynesia
God name "Tana'ao" Polynesian / Marquesas Islands weather and sea god. A local variation on the Polynesian god TANGAROA, known as a god of winds and a tutelary deity of fishermen....
Goddess name "Tane(mahuta)" Polynesian / including Maori God of light. One of the children of the prime parents RANGINUI and PAPATUANUKU. Also god of trees, Forests and boat-builders, his consort is the goddess HINEAHU-ONE and he is the father of HINE-ATA-UIRA who descended to the underworld to become the goddess of death, HINE-NUI-TE-PO. In other traditions he is the consort of Hine-Nui-Te-Po, whom he joins each evening when he descends to the underworld. It was he who proposed that his parents should be pushed apart rather than slaughtered. In Maori culture Tanemahuta, like all deities, is represented only by inconspicuous, slightly worked stones or pieces of wood and not by the large totems, which are depictions of ancestors. Also KANE (Hawaiian)....
God name "Tane[mahuta]" Polynesian A god of light, fertility & the sky
God name "Tangaroa" Polynesia A god of fishing, the ocean & reptiles, the life giver of all
Goddess name "Tangaroa" Polynesia One of the great gods, the god of the sea. He is a son of Rangi and Papa, sky and earth. His wife, Faumea, was an ocean goddess. Man-killing eels dwelled in her vagina, but she taught Tangaroa how to safely lure them out. Polynesia
Deities name "Tangaroa" Polynesian / including Maori Sea and creator god. The deity responsible for the oceans (moana) and the fish (ika) within them. In Hawaiian belief he was the primordial being who took the form of a bird and laid an egg on the surface of the primeval waters which, when it broke, formed the earth and sky. He then engendered the god of light, ATEA (cf. TANE). According to Tahitian legend, he fashioned the world inside a gigantic mussel shell. In a separate tradition Tangaroa went fishing and hauled the Tongan group of islands from the depths of the ocean on a hook and line. He is the progenitor of mankind (as distinct from TUMATAUENGA who has authority over mankind). His son Pili married SINA, the tropic bird and they produced five children from whom the rest of the Polynesian race was born. In Maori culture Tangaroa, like all deities, is represented only by inconspicuous, slightly worked stones or pieces of wood and not by the large totems which are depictions of ancestors....
God name "Tango" Polynesian / Hervey Islamds / The third child of the primordial mother VARI - MA - TETAKERE, he was plucked from her right side / lived in Enua - Kura, the land of the red parrot feather immediately below the home of TINIRAU in the world coconut God. Ta'ngwanla'na (greatest one in the sea)...
Goddess name "Taranga" Polynesian Polynesian fertility goddess.
God name "Taumata-Atua" Polynesia vegetation god who presides over the fields Polynesia
Deities name "Taumata-Atua" Polynesian / including Maori vegetation god. He presides over the fields and may be the god Rongomatane under an alternative name. In Maori culture Taumata-Atua, like all deities, is represented only by inconspicuous, slightly worked stones or pieces of wood and not by the large totems, which are depictions of ancestors....
"Tawhaki" Polynesia A semi-supernatural being associated with lightning and thunder. Polynesia
Goddess name "Tawhaki" Polynesian / Maori Heroic god. A descendant of the creator god Rehua and grandson of Whatitiri, the goddess of thunder, Tawhaki is the third child of Hema and Urutonga. He is the younger sibling of the goddess Pupu-mai-nono and the god Karihi. In some Polynesian traditions Tawhaki is thought of as a mortal ancestor whose consort was the goddess Tangotango on whom he fathered a daughter, Arahuta. Tawhaki's father was killed during tribal warfare with a mythical clan known as the Ponaturi and he himself was the subject of jealous rivalry concerning the goddess Hine-Piripiri. During this time attempts were made to kill him. He fathered children by Hine-Piripiri, including Wahieroa, who is generally perceived as being embodied in comets....
Deities name "Tawhirimatea" Polynesian / including Maori God of winds. One of the children of the prime parents RANGINUI and PAPATUANUKU. He was uniquely opposed to the separation of his mother and father, sky and earth, at the time of the creation of the cosmos, and in consequence spends his time harassing and troubling mankind. In Maori culture Papatuanuku, like all deities, is represented only by inconspicuous, slightly worked stones or pieces of wood and not by the large totems, which are depictions of ancestors....
"Te" Po Polynesian personification of the primordial night being which existed in the chaos prior to light
"Te Kore" Polynesia Primordial void being who was the personification of darkness of chaos prior to light Polynesia
"Te Kore (the void)" Polynesian / including Maori Primordial being. The personification of the darkness of chaos before light came into being. Usually coupled with TE PO, the unknown night....
"Te Po" Polynesian / including Maori Primordial being. The personification of the night which existed in chaos before the creation of light. Usually coupled with TE KORE, the void....
Goddess name "Te mehara" Polynesia Goddess of wisdom Polynesia
"Te-Aka-Ia-Roe" Polynesia Creator being Polynesia / Hervey Is.
Spirit name "Te-Aka-la-Roe (root of all existence)" Polynesian / Hervey Islands Creator being. Perceived in the form of a giant worm, this being is one of three spirits which govern and ensure the permanence of the universe. He lives in the lowest part of the root of the coconut shell which represents the world....
Spirit name "Te-Manava-Roa (long-lived)" Polynesian / Hervey Islands Creator being. Perceived in the form of a giant worm, this being is one of three spirits which govern and ensure the permanence of the universe. He lives in the highest part of the root of the coconut shell which represents the world....
"Te-Tanga-Engae" Polynesia Creator being Polynesia / Hervey Is.
Spirit name "Te-Tanga-Engae (breathing)" Polynesian / Hervey Islands Creator being. Perceived in the form of a giant worm, this being is one of three spirits which govern and ensure the permanence of the universe. He lives in the middle part of the root of the coconut shell which represents the world....
God name "Tifenua (lord of the land)" Polynesian / Tikopia Chthonic fertility god. He is linked with the sea god FAIVARONGO and with the sky god ATUA I KAFIKA. His father is Pusiuraura, a powerful deity personified by the reef eel, and his mother is one of the Sa-Nguti-Te-Moana. Also Pu-I-Te-Moana....
God name "Tifenua Tikopia" Polynesia Chthonic fertility god Polynesia
God name "Tiki" Polynesia Creator god who created mankind Polynesia
Deities name "Tiki" Polynesian / including Maori Creator god. One of the children of RANGINUI and PAPATUANUKU who created mankind. In some Polynesian traditions he is represented as the first man, akin to Adam. The word is also incorporated in tikiwananga or “god stick,” which describes the wooden or stone images of deities that are usually minimally worked and stand about 19.5 inches tall. Only thirty or so examples of these are known, most having been destroyed by Christian missions. The celebrated large Maori totems are depictions of ancestors who appear as human / bird or reptile hybrids. Also Ki'i (Hawaiian)....
"Timaiti-Ngava Ringavari (soft-bodied)" Polynesian / Hervey Islands Primordial being. The female principle which, with TIMATEKORE, engendered the earth mother PAPATUANUKU....
"Timaiti-Ngava-Rimngvari" Polynesia Primordial female principle being Polynesia / Hervey Is.
"Timatekore" Polynesia Primordial male principle of being. Polynesia
"Timatekore (nothing more)" Polynesian / Hervey Islands Primordial being. The male principle which, with TIMAITI-NGAVA RINGAVARI, engendered the earth mother PAPATUANUKU....
God name "Tinirau" Polynesia God of the ocean Polynesia
God name "Tinirau (innumerable)" Polynesian / Hervey Islands Fish god. The second offspring of the great mother VARI-MA-TETAKERE and the younger sibling of AVATEA. He is said to live in the coconut of the world on a sacred isle called Motu-Tapu immediately below the home of Avatea and to own ponds full of all kinds of fish. He is depicted as half man (right side) and half fish (left side) in the form of a sprat....
God name "Tino Taata" Polynesian / Society Islands Creator god. Probably regarded as the tutelary deity who engendered mankind and equating therefore to the more widely recognized Polynesian god TANGAROA....
Goddess name "Touia Fatuna" Tonga / Polynesia The earth goddess, the deification of the rock deep in the earth that rumbles & gives birth to new land
Goddess name "Touia Fatuna (iron stone)" Polynesian / Tonga earth goddess. The daughter of Kele (slime) and Limu (seaweed), she is the apotheosis of rock deep in the earth and is periodically in labor, at which time she rumbles and shakes and produces children....
Goddess name "Touia Fatuna Tonga" Polynesia Goddess of the earth, the deification of the rock deep in the earth who rumbles and gives birth to new land Polynesia
God name "Tu (2)" Polynesian Primordial god. One of three elements, with TANE and LONO, who existed in chaos and night which they broke into pieces, allowing day to come in. Tu represents stability. He is also regarded as a war god. Also KU (Hawaiian)....
God name "Tu-Metua (stick-by-parent)" Polynesian / Hervey Islands God. The sixth child of VARI-MA-TE-TAKERE, the primordial mother. Torn from her right side, he stays with her in the confined space at the bottom of the world coconut and lives in endless silence....
God name "Tumatauenga" Polynesia God of war who was given charge over mankind. Polynesia
God name "Tumatauenga" Polynesian / including Maori God of war. One of the children of the prime parents RANGINUI and PAPATUANUKU, he proposed the slaughter of his parents when it was decided to separate them as sky and earth. He was subsequently given charge over mankind (tangata), which he imbued with his lust for the warfare and violence that was a characteristic part of Maori culture. Also Kumatauenga (Hawaiian)....
Goddess name "Tumuteanaoa (echo)" Polynesian / Hervey Islands Goddess. The fourth child of VARI-MA-TE-TAKERE, the primordial mother. Torn from her right side, Tumuteanaoa lives in Te-Parai-Tea (hollow gray rocks) below the home of the god TANGO....
God name "Turi a faumea" Polynesian A god of fishing & reptiles
Demon name "Turi-A-Faumea" Polynesia Turi-A-Faumea's wife Hina-Arau-Riki (or Hina-A-Rauriki) was kidnapped by the octopus-demon Rogo-Tumu-Here. Faumea helped Tangaroa and their sons rescue Hina by withdrawing the opposing winds into the sweat of her armpit and then releasing them to power the heroes' canoes. Polynesia
Goddess name "Uli" Polynesia A Forest goddess who also dabbles in sorcery. Polynesia
God name "Valevalenoa" Polynesia God of space and the son of tangaloa-the-explorer-of-lands and the queen of earth. Samoa, Polynesia
"Vari" Polynesia A self created being of the beginning times. Polynesia
Spirit name "Vari-Ma-Te-Takere" Polynesian The primal generator, the female spirit who dwells in darkness at the base of the dark underworld of Avaiki. Polynesian
Goddess name "Vari-Ma-Te-Takere (the very beginning)" Polynesian / Hervey Islands Mother goddess. The creator being who lives at the very bottom of the world coconut, sitting in a cramped space with her knees and chin touching. She lives in Te-Enua-Te-Ki (mute land) in eternal silence and is the mother of six children, all deities, three of which she plucked from her right side and three from her left.See also AVATEA, TINIRAU, TANGO, TUMUTEANAOA, RAKA and TU-METUA....
"Vari-ma-te-takere" Polynesia The primeval mother who lived in Avaiki, the coconut shell at the begining of the universe. Mangaia, Polynesia
Demon name "Wahini Hai" Polynesia demonic mother figure who steals and eats small children. Polynesia
Demon name "Wahini Hal" Polynesian The demonic mother figure
Demon name "Wahini-Hal" Polynesian demonic mother figure who sneaked through the night stealing and eating small children. Polynesian
Goddess name "Wari Ma Te Takere" Polynesia wari Ma Te Takere, Coconut shell goddess. wari symbolizes the fertile slime of primordial times and means mud. Polynesia
Deities name "Whiro" Polynesian / Maori God of death. Regarded as an errant son of the creator deities, RANGINUI and PAPATUANUKU, Whiro stands as the chief antagonist of TANEMAHUTA, the creator god of light. He is, therefore, the personification of darkness and evil. During the time of creation from chaos, Whiro is said to have fought an epic battle against Tanemahuta in the newly formed heavens. He was vanquished and forced to descend into the underworld where he became ruler over the dead and chief among the lesser underworld deities who are responsible for various forms of disease and sickness. In the temporal world the lizard, a symbol of death, embodies him, and various creatures of the night, including the owl and the bat, are earthly representatives from his kingdom, as are such malignant insect pests as the mosquito. This deity is not to be confused with the legendary human voyager and adventurer of the same name whose traditions have, in the past, often been muddled with those of the god....