New Zealand - The Maori goddess of death. She was originally the sky-goddess Hine Titama. When Maui tried to avoid death by creeping through her body, she squeezed him to death. She was envisaged as a black goddess with green eyes. Known as Hina, Ina or Ina.
Pacific Islands - A double-faced woman made from sand by Te Tuna. Mother of Tiki and the Dawn Maiden. In some stories, Hina is the mother of Maui; in others she deserted her husband, the eel Te Tuna, in favour of Maui who killed Te Tuna. They buried his head and, from it, sprang the first coconut tree. In some stories she is a Tongan noblewoman impregnated by an eel. Occasionally known as Hina, Ina or Ina.
Pacific Islands - A moon-goddess of Tahiti. Daughter of Tangaroa. Sister of Ru. The Tahitians say that the dark markings on the moon are the shadows tree from which Hina stripped bark to make clothes for the gods. She is therefore the tutelary deity of clothbeaters. It was beating tapa that took her to the moon in the first place. Ta'aroa got fed up of the noise and told her to stop. When she refused, Pani grabbed the mallet and struck her on the head, whereupon she flew off to the moon. In another story, she accidentally broke a branch from this tree and it fell to earth, took root and so the banyan was introduced to the islands. Also known as Hina, Ina or Ina.
Pacific Islands - Daughter of Rona. Her mother, a cannibal, devoured Hina's lover, Monoi. With the help of No'ahuruhuru, Hina killed her mother. Sometimes referred to as Hina, Ina or Ina.

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