Pacific Islands - A cannibalistic demi-god. Son of Tawhaki and Hine Piripiri. Brother of Tahiti Tokerau and Waheiroa. He was said to be able to walk on the bottom of the sea. He was killed by Rata to avenge the death of Rata's father (or grandfather) at the hand of Matuku and Wahieroa, and when Rata cut off Matuku's head, the ogre's spirit became the bittern. Other versions say that Rata killed Matuku by throwing hot coals into the giant's mouth while another had Wahieroa killed by lizards and Matuku as a shark from which Rata recovered his father's body parts. Rata himself was killed by lizards. Also referred to as Matuku, Whakatau or Whakatau.

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