Maori Gods: Tinirau

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll In Māori mythology, Tinirau is a guardian of fish. He is a son of Tangaroa, the god of the sea. His home at Motutapu (sacred island) is surrounded with pools for breeding fish. He also has several pet whales. Hinauri, sister to the Māui brothers, had...

Maori Gods: Tū

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll In Māori mythology, Tū-te-wehiwehi (or Tutewehiwehi) is the father of all reptiles, and is also known as Tu-te-wanawana (or Māori: Tū-te-wanawana). Family He is a son of Punga and brother of Ikatere. Father of Punga was Tangaroa, king of the sea. When Tāwhirimātea made war against...

Maori Gods: Uenuku

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll In Māori mythology, Uenuku or Kahukura is the god of rainbows. He is particularly special to the Tainui and Ngai Tahu Māori. Kahukura, after whom the rock, Te Tihi o Kahukura or Castle Rock on the Banks Peninsula in Canterbury is named was also known as...

Maori Gods: Urutengangana

Vote for Urutengangana God on RELIGER Gods Poll Urutengangana, in Māori mythology, is the Māori god of light. He is the firstborn of the children of the primal parents, Ranginui the Sky father and Papatūānuku the Earth mother. Also known as The Gleaming One, a personification of light, Urutengangana had two wives, Moeahuru and...

Maori Gods: Whaitiri

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll In Māori mythology, Whaitiri is a female deity, a personification of thunder, and the grandmother of Tāwhaki and Karihi. Whaitiri is the granddaughter of Te Kanapu, and the great-granddaughter of Te Uira, both of whom are personified forms of lightning (Reed 1963:158). In Maori mythology, there...

Maori Gods: Whiro

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll In Māori mythology, Whiro (or Hiro in the Tuamotus) is the lord of darkness, or the embodiment of all evil. He is the brother and enemy of Tāne. He inhabits the underworld and is responsible for the ills of all persons. In some versions of this...

Maori Gods: Rohe

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll In a tradition of the Moriori people of the Chatham Islands, Rohe is the wife of the demi-god Māui. Beautiful Rohe was a sister of the sun, and her face shone. A quarrel arose after Rohe remarked that Māui’s face was ugly. Māui then decided that...

Maori Gods: Rongomai

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll In Māori mythology, Rongomai refers to several entities: a deity by whose assistance Haungaroa traveled from Hawaiki to New Zealand as she went to tell Ngātoro-i-rangi that he had been cursed by Manaia. a being in whale form which attacked and almost wiped out the war-party...

Maori Gods: Ruaumoko

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll In Māori mythology, Rūaumoko (also known as Rūamoko) is the god of earthquakes, volcanoes and seasons. He is the youngest son of Ranginui (the Sky father) and Papatūānuku (the Earth mother) (commonly called Rangi and Papa). Ruaumoko Patera, named after this god, is one of many...

Maori Gods: Tama

Vote for this God on RELIGER Gods Poll In Māori mythology, Tama-nui-te-rā (Tamanuiterā) is the personification of the Sun. Etymology Tamanuiterā is a Māori Sun god In the Māori language, Tama-nui-te-rā means “Great Son of the Sun”. The Māori word for “sun” or “day” is rā, deriving from Proto-Polynesian *laqaa. Legends Hero Māui decided...

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