Mahuika

New Zealand - A Maori ogress. Sometimes called Mahuika, Mahu Ika, Mahu Ika, Mahuika, Mahuika, Mahu Ike, Mahu Ike, Mahuika or Mahuika.
Pacific Islands - A Polynesian goddess of the underworld. Grandmother of Maui. In some accounts, she was a firegoddess who married Auahi-Turoa and bore five sons, Koiti, Konui, Koroa, Manawa and Mapere. Some say that Maui stole fire from her in the underworld and gave it to his people while others say that she gave Maui one of her nails, in which fire resided, but it was so hot that he dropped it in the sea. When he did this several times, she threw fire at him and he would have burnt to death if the rain-gods had not doused the fire. Other stories say that Maui learned the secret of fire from the mud-hens. In some versions, Mahuika is male. In some references, referred to as Mahuika, Mahu Ika, Mahu Ika, Mahuika, Mahuika, Mahu Ike, Mahu Ike, Mahuika or Mahuika.

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