Pacific Islands - A culture-hero of the Mangaian. Islanders. Grandson of Moko. Husband of Tongatea. He was originally black and hairless but, when his wife left him, he bleached his body white and Tangaroa gave him hair. After this, his wife came back to him. He overcame the sky-demon Amaite-Rangi and the sea-monster Tumu-I-Te-Are-Toka and when Miru tried to burn him to death in the underworld he caused a flood which extinguished the fires. He is credited with the invention of the surf-board and is said to have taught the tribes ball-games which he learned from the spirits when he climbed up to the sky. Identified as Ngaru, 'surf' or 'surf'.

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