Pacific Islands Lore, Gods, Demigods, Heroes, Symbols, and Other Famous Mythological Characters

A'a

A Polynesian god. Occasionally referred to as A'a.

Abaia

A magic fish. Abaia became angry when a woman fished in the lake where he lived and caused a deluge. Occasionally called Abaia.

Abang Salamat

A retainer of Anggun Nan Tungga. At times, identified as Abang Salamat.

Abe Antak

An Indonesian creator-god. Also referred to as Abe Antak.

Abog

A god of the hunt in the Philippines. Also commonly referred to as Abog.

Abokas

The home of the dead in the New Hebrides. On occassion, referred to as Abokas, Banoi or Banoi.

adab

One of the Five Virtues - civilisation. On occassion, called adab.

Adam

A deity in the Philippines. Son of Kadaklan and Agemem. Brother of Balujen. Sometimes known as Adam.

Adarno

In the Philippines, a magical bird that could cure illness. In some lore, occasionally identified as Adarno.

Adaro

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Adi-Mailagu

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Aditingga

An Indonesian volcano-god. Called Aditingga.

Afa

A Samoan storm-god. Also identified as Afa.

Agemem

Wife of Kadaklan. Mother of Adam and Baluyen. Occasionally called Agemem.

Agunua

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Ahifatumoana

A Tahitian sea-demon. Sometimes called Ahifatumoana.

Ahoeitu

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Ai Kanaka

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Ai Tupuai

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Aitu

A group of Polynesian demigods. In some references, known as Aitu, Maui, Maui, Mawi, Mowee, Koriro, Maui-Potiki, Maui-Tikitiki or Tama Rangi.

akalo

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Akatauire

A co-king of Mangaia Island. Brother of Rangi. Husband of Ruange. Occasionally known as Akatauire.

Ake

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akua

The gods of Hawaii, as opposed to the demi-gods, knpua. Also identified as akua, Ke Akua, Ke Akua, Akua or Akua.

Akua

A creator-god of Hawaii. At times, known as Akua, Ke Akua, Ke Akua or Akua.

alan

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Alberto

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alekoki

Women's dance in Hawaii, in honour of the gods. Sometimes called alekoki.

Alo'alo

A weather-god in Tonga. Occasionally called Alo'alo, 'fanner' or 'fanner'.

Aloya

A girl loved by the giant Arogo. Occasionally identified as Aloya.

Aluelap

The omniscient son of a sky-god. Grandson of Ligoupup. On occassion, called Aluelap.

Aluluei

A god of navigation. When his brothers killed him, his father brought him back to life The stars are regarded as his many thousand eyes. In some references, called Aluluei.

Alutanga Nuku

A chieftain for whom the hero Atonga. Built a magical canoe. On occassion, called Alutanga Nuku.

Amaite-Rangi

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Amori

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Aneka-Warna

A garden of the gods. Known as Aneka-Warna.

Angarua

Wife of Mokoiro in the lore of the Mangaia Islanders. Also referred to as Angarua.

ani

Ancestors of the Caroline Islanders. Referred to as ani, Ala, Ala, Ale, Ani, Ale, Ana or Ani.

Aniani-te-ani

A tree that was felled to make a canoe in the story of Apakura. In some lore, occasionally known as Aniani-te-ani.

anito

Gods and spirits of the Philippines. It is believed that anito are the souls of the dead and hence worthy of worship and sacrifice. At times, called anito.

Anjinmar

The 'little people of the Marshall Islands. In some lore, occasionally known as Anjinmar, Nonieb, Nonieb, Hawaiian Menehune, Hawaiian Menehune, Masi, Melanesian Masi, Melanesian Masi, Ponape Tsokelai or Ponape Tsokelai.

anta kusuma

A magic jewel owned by the ricegoddess. Dewi Sri. In some lore, occasionally called anta kusuma.

Antaboga

A primaeval cosmic serpent. He meditated to produce Bedawang, the turtle which supports the earth. Also referred to as Antaboga.

Anti

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Anuanua

The rainbow that was made from the canoe of Oro. Sometimes identified as Anuanua.

Anulap

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Anut

A creator-god of Bilibili. In some accounts, identified as Anut.

Ao

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Ao-Kahiwahiwa

A child of Tawhiri. Also commonly called Ao-Kahiwahiwa.

Ao-Kanapanapa

A child of Tawhiri. Also commonly identified as Ao-Kanapanapa.

Ao-Marama

A Polynesian god of light. Offspring of Te-Ao. Parent of Ao-tu-roa. Also identified as Ao-Marama, New Zealand Te-Ao-Marama or New Zealand Te-Ao-Marama.

Ao-Nui

A child of Tawhiri. Also referred to as Ao-Nui.

Ao-Pakakina

A child of Tawhiri. Sometimes identified as Ao-Pakakina.

Ao-Pakarea

A child of Tawhiri. Sometimes called Ao-Pakarea.

Ao-Potango

A child of Tawhiri. Occasionally called Ao-Potango.

Ao-Pouri

A child of Tawhiri. Sometimes known as Ao-Pouri.

Ao-Roa

A child of Tawhiri. At times, called Ao-Roa.

Ao-Takawe

A child of Tawhiri. Also commonly called Ao-Takawe.

Ao-Toto

A culture hero or god. On occassion, referred to as Ao-Toto, Ao, Ao, Ao Toto or 'light'.

Ao-tu-roa

A Polynesian deity of light. Offspring of Ao-Marama. Parent of Kore-te-whiwhia. In some references, known as Ao-tu-roa.

Ao-Whekere

A child of Tawhiri: the realm of darkness. At times, referred to as Ao-Whekere.

Ao-Whetuma

A child of Tawhiri. In some references, referred to as Ao-Whetuma.

Aokeu

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Apa-hau

A Polynesian storm demon. Known as Apa-hau.

Apakura

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Apo-Katawan

A god of a Negrito tribe in the Philippines. In some lore, occasionally called Apo-Katawan.

Aponibolinayen

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Aponitolau

The sun. Husband of Aponibolinayen. Father of Kanag. Referred to as Aponitolau, Ini-Init or Ini-Init.

Apu-Hau

A Hawaiian storm-god. Son of Tawhiri. Also referred to as Apu-Hau.

Apu-Ko-Hai

A fish-god of the Mangaia Islanders. Also referred to as Apu-Ko-Hai.

Ara Tiotio

A Polynesian god of whirlwinds. Also commonly called Ara Tiotio, Ara Tiatia, Ara Tiatia, Aratiatia, Aratiatia, Irihia, Tahekeroa, Tahekaroa, Australian Awhiowhio or Australian Awhiowhio.

Arahuta

Daughter of Tawhaki by Tangotango. Known as Arahuta.

Arematapopoto

A Tahitian sea demon. In some references, known as Arematapopoto, Aremata-Popoa or Aremata-Popoa.

Aremataroroa

A Tahitian sea demon. Also called Aremataroroa, Aremata-Rorua or Aremata-Rorua.

Areoi

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Areop-Enap

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Areop-It-Eonin

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Ariki Kafika Tuisifo

Father of Faivaronga. Also identified as Ariki Kafika Tuisifo.

ariki-rahi

A Polynesian king regarded as a deity. At times, called ariki-rahi.

Arimbi

A giantess. Mother of Gatutkaca by Bima. Also called Arimbi.

Arogo

A giant. When Aloya, the girl he loved, died, he wept and his tears became the 1,776 conical hills on the island of Bohol. On occassion, identified as Arogo.

Aroture

A moon-goddess of the Cook Islands. Daughter of Tinrau and Ina. Sister of Koro. Also called Aroture.

Aru Aru

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arugo

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Asuang

In the Philippines, a demon said to attack pregnant women at the moment of delivery, swallowing the new-born child. Also identified as Asuang.

Atanua

A goddess of the dawn in the Marquesas. Wife of Atea. She and her husband created many other deities. Occasionally referred to as Atanua, Tahitian Fa'ahotu or Tahitian Fa'ahotu.

Atarapa

A Polynesian goddess of the dawn. The first being to be created. Daughter of Haronga. Occasionally called Atarapa.

Atea

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Atonga

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Atu

In the lore of Samoa, Atu was the first man. Other stories say that the first man was Tele or Tutu. Sometimes known as Atu, Tele, Tele, Tutu, Tutu or Tutu.

Atua

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Atua Fafine

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Atua I Kafika

Supreme god of Tikopia. At times, called Atua I Kafika.

Atua I Raropuka

A creator being. With Atua Fafine he dragged the island of Tikopia from the bottom of the ocean. In some accounts, identified as Atua I Raropuka.

Auahi-Turoa

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Aula

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aunga

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Auraka

A Polynesian god of death. On occassion, referred to as Auraka.

Auriaria

A giant chieftain of the Gilbert Islands. Husband of the goddess Nei Tituabine. Also commonly identified as Auriaria.

Autahi

The star Canopus as god of the heavens. On occassion, referred to as Autahi, Atutuahi or Atutuahi.

Ave-aitu

The Tahitian sorcerer-god. The leader of the forces of the wargod, he was depicted as a meteor, the 'tailed god'. Sometimes identified as Ave-aitu.

Bagaspati

A woodland-god of Bali. Sometimes known as Bagaspati, Hindu Brhaspati or Hindu Brhaspati.

Bairawi

A goddess of death in Bali and Java. An aspect of Dewi. Wife of Siwa. Occasionally referred to as Bairawi, Ambu Dewi, Ambu Dewi, Ambika, Divine Mother, Lara Jonggrang, Sunan Ambu, Ambika, Hindu Durga, Kali, Batari or Batari.

Baiyuhibi

An Indonesian deity of clouds and fog. He caused rain to fall for thirty days and used the water to form mountains and valleys. Known as Baiyuhibi.

Bake

An Indonesian ogress. Occasionally identified as Bake, Inangi-I-Bake, Inangi-I-Bake, Inangi-l-Bake or Inangi-l-Bake.

Bakoa

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Baladewa

A name for Balarama in the Pacific. Brother of Kresna and Subadra. At times, known as Baladewa.

Bale Fe'e

An undersea palace, home of Fe'e, the Samoan war-god. Also known as Bale Fe'e.

balepa

In the lore of New Britain, the body of someone newly dead flying in the air on a mat. Occasionally known as balepa.

Balitok

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Baliu

A god who controls the human. Life span. In some accounts, referred to as Baliu.

Balujen

A deity in the Philippines. Son of Kadaklan and Agemem. Brother of Adam. Also referred to as Balujen.

Banoi

The land of dead in the New Hebrides. On occassion, identified as Banoi, Abokas or Abokas.

bao

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bariaua

In Melanesia, harmless spirits living in tree trunks. At times, called bariaua.

Barong

A lion king, a good spirit opposed. By Rangda. Occasionally called Barong.

Basudewa

The name for Vasudeva in the Pacific. Occasionally identified as Basudewa.

Basuki

In the lore of Bali, a serpent of the underworld: the serpent on which Wisnu rests. Also called Basuki, Sesa, Sesa, Ananta, Sesha, Sesha, Seshanaga, Seshanaga, Ses(h)a(naga), Ses(h)a(naga), Hindu Vasuki or Hindu Vasuki.

Batara Kala

A creator-god and god of the underworld, in the lore of Bali. He was said to rule jointly with the goddess Setesuyara. In some references, called Batara Kala.

Batari

A name applied to Bairawi, Durga and Kali. Also called Batari, Bairawi, Bairawi, Ambu Dewi, Hindu Durga or Kali.

bayang

The soul regarded as the breath of life. Known as bayang.

Bedawang

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Bego Tanutanu

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begu

A ghost: a messenger of the gods. Sometimes referred to as begu.

Berbalang

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Beygawa

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Bharada

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Bherava

An aspect of Buddha or Siwa. Sometimes identified as Bherava, Maha Bherava, Maha Bherava, Hindu Bhairava or Hindu Bhairava.

Black River

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Black Stone

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bomala

A taboo. In some references, identified as bomala.

bonito maiden

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boroka

In the lore of the Philippines, a four-legged, winged witch who eats children. Sometimes referred to as boroka.

Boru Deak Parudjar

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Bu

In Melanesian lore, the female demon Metakorab. On occassion, identified as Bu.

Bua-Taranga

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buata

A monster of the New Hebrides. This beast, which has the power of speech, is said to resemble a boar and to eat human beings. At times, known as buata.

bubwayaita

A plant which erases all memories. This herb is given to the dead in paradise so that they forget their lives on earth. Identified as bubwayaita.

Bue

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Bugan

Sister and wife of Wigan. In the lore of the Philippines, she and her brother were the sole survivors of the flood. On occassion, identified as Bugan.

bujangga

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Bulotu

Paradise, the home of the dead, in the lore of Tonga. Occasionally called Bulotu.

Bulu

The Fijian land of the dead. Also commonly referred to as Bulu.

Bumugi

One of the 8 Spitters. In some accounts, identified as Bumugi, Spitter, Spitter, Dumudin, Dumok, Itcher, Soft-Rot or Tudong.

bungisngis

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Burotu

The Fijian paradise. In some references, identified as Burotu.

buta

An evil demon in Indonesian lore. A version of a buta which has hooked teeth is called a buta cakil. Also identified as buta, buta cakil or buta cakil.

Bwebweso

The Melanesian afterworld. Sometimes referred to as Bwebweso, underworld, underworld, afterworld, Land of the Dead, Mictlan, Nai Thombo Thombo, Patala, Otherworld, paradise, Taoist or also Patala.

cafre

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canoe gods

Wooden figures of deities such as Taria Niu carried in canoes to bring good luck. Called canoe gods, Taria Nui, Taria Nui or Taringa Nui.

Chandra-Kirana

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Chichak

The lizard, said by some to be the spirit of ancestors. In some references, called Chichak.

child spirits

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Chonguita

A monkey girl. Wife of Pedro. When she married the Filipino prince, Pedro, she changed into a beautiful woman. Occasionally referred to as Chonguita.

Cibaciba

An entrance to the land of the dead in the lore of Fiji. Also commonly called Cibaciba, Drakulu or Drakulu.

cobra

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cricket

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Curve of the Whale Tooth

A famous warrior of Flight of the Chiefs. Also known as Curve of the Whale Tooth.

Dabage

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Dakuwanga

A Fijian shark god. Sometimes identified as Dakuwanga.

Damura

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Dapie

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Darago

Wife of Mandarangan. At times, referred to as Darago.

Darma

The Indonesian version of Dharma. He is reincarnated as Yudistira in the Mahabarata stories. Sometimes known as Darma, Yudistira or Yudistira.

dat

A shaman in the Philippines. In some references, referred to as dat.

De-Ai

In the lore of the Gilbert Islands, one of the first pair of humans. Twin of De-Babou. Occasionally called De-Ai.

De-Babou

In the lore of the Gilbert Islands, one of the first pair of humans. Twin of De-Ai. Occasionally identified as De-Babou.

Degei

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deva

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dewi

A general name for a goddess in Indonesia. Occasionally called dewi, Kali, Kali, Black One, The, Kamakhya, Ambi(ka), Ankalamman, Anna-Purna, Bhadrakali, Bhagavati, Bhavani, Bhimadevi, Bhramari, Bhuta-Nayaki Black One, Devi, Dewi, Digambara, Durga, Gana-Nayaki, Gauri, Girija, Ishani, Kali Ma, Kamaks(h)i, Kanyakumari, Kapalini, Karala, Karali, Kotari, Karna-Moti, Katyayani, Kirati, Kumari, Mahadevi, Mahakali, Mahes(h)vari, Mahisha-Mardini, Parvati, Pinga, Pitari, Raktadanti, Rudrani, Sati, Shakti, Simha-Vahini, The Black One, Uma, Vijaya, Javanese Ambu Dewi, Lara Jonggrang, Ratu Lara Kidul, Pacific Batari or Canda.

Dewi

A name for Kali or Uma in Indonesia. At times, called Dewi, Kali, Kali, Black One, The, Kamakhya, Ambi(ka), Ankalamman, Anna-Purna, Bhadrakali, Bhagavati, Bhavani, Bhimadevi, Bhramari, Bhuta-Nayaki Black One, Devi, Digambara, Durga, Gana-Nayaki, Gauri, Girija, Ishani, Kali Ma, Kamaks(h)i, Kanyakumari, Kapalini, Karala, Karali, Kotari, Karna-Moti, Katyayani, Kirati, Kumari, Mahadevi, Mahakali, Mahes(h)vari, Mahisha-Mardini, Parvati, Pinga, Pitari, Raktadanti, Rudrani, Sati, Shakti, Simha-Vahini, The Black One, Uma, Vijaya, Javanese Ambu Dewi, Lara Jonggrang, Ratu Lara Kidul, Pacific Batari or Canda.

Diarsa

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Digawina

A demoness reputed to steal food. Also identified as Digawina.

divata

A general name for a deity in the Philippines. Also known as divata, Borneo jewata, Borneo jewata, devata, dewata, dewi, leibata, Hindu devata, Hindu devata, dewi, jewata, tevoda, Indonesian dewi, Indonesian dewi, Java dewata, Java dewata, dewi, Sumatra leibata, Sumatra leibata or dewi.

Diwata Magbabaya

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dogai

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Dogaira

A malevolent war god. Referred to as Dogaira.

Dokanikani

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Drakulu

In the lore of Fiji, an entrance to the land of the dead. Also identified as Drakulu, Cibaciba or Cibaciba.

Dresterata

A Javanese version of Dhartarashthra. Son of Abiasa and Amika. Husband of Gandari. Father of the Korawas. At times, known as Dresterata, Hindu Dhritarashtra or Hindu Dhritarashtra.

Dudugera

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Dumok

One of the 8 Spitters. Also identified as Dumok, Dirt, Dirt, Spitter, Spitter, Bumugi, Dumudin, Itcher, Soft-Rot or Tudong.

Dumudin

One of the 8 Spitters. Called Dumudin, Spitter, Spitter, Bumugi, Dumok, Itcher, Soft-Rot or Tudong.

Durgandini

A princess. Wife of Palasara. Mother of Abiasa. At times, called Durgandini.

Dwendi

Powerful gods of the Philippines. These deities are said to live in caves. Also called Dwendi.

Eb Island

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Echo

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Edao

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Eisa

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Eitumatupua

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Eldesh, The

The ruler of Flight of the Chiefs. Occasionally known as Eldesh, The.

Ele'ele

The first woman, in the lore of Samoa. Wife of Fetu. In some lore, occasionally called Ele'ele, Ila or Ila.

Eleio

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Eneene

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Enua-Kura

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Erlanga

(99-c 1050). A prince revered as an incarnation of Vishnu in Bali. On occassion, known as Erlanga, Airlanga, Airlanga, Erlangga, Vishnu, Vishnu, Abjaja, Abjayoni, Adhoksaja, Dakshina, Lord Creator, Lord of Sacred Wisdom, Lord of the Universe, Padma, Padma-Nabha, Primaeval Being, Vasu, Visnu, Wishnu, World Maintainer, Achyuta, Acyata, Adimurti, Ananta, Anatas(h)ayana, Annamurti, Bhumiya, Caturmurti, Dakshina, Dhanvantari, Dharma, Dhruva, Girija, hamsa, Hanuman, Hayagriva, Hrsikesa, Ishvara, Jala-Shayin, Janardana, Kala, Kesava, Mahadeva, Mahapurusha, Maharaja, Mandhatha, Manmatha, Mohini, Mukunda, Narada, Narasinha, Narayana, Padma(-Nabha), 'pervader', Panchayudha, Pandurganga, Piyusaharana, Pradyumna, Pr(i)thu, Rsabha, Salagrama, S(h)amba, Trivikrama, Vasu, Venkata, Viratapurusa, Vis(h)varupa, Vithoba, Vitthali, Vyasa, Yajna, Yajnesh(var)a, Buddhist Akshobhya, Cambodian Hari, Harihara, Prah Noreai-Narayana, Chinese Wu-shun, Japanese Ashuku, Javanese Kresna, Sadana, Sadona, Pacific Islands Poe Mpalaburu, Wisnu, Thai Narayana, Phra Narai or Jagannath.

Evergreen Land

The site of the palace of the sea-god. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Evergreen Land, Ryugu, Ryugu, Ryu Kyu, Ryukyu, Japanese Ryugu or Japanese Ryugu.

Fa'ahotu

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Fa'atiu

A Samoan wind-god. Also commonly known as Fa'atiu, Hawaiian La'a Maomao, Hawaiian La'a Maomao, Raka Maomao, New Zealand Raka Maomao, New Zealand Raka Maomao or La'a Maomao.

Fafaki-Tahi

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Faitaulanga

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Faivarongo

A god of mariners. Son of Ariki Kafika Tuisifo. Occasionally identified as Faivarongo.

Fale-o-le fe'e

A stone temple said to have been. Built by Fe'e, a Samoan god of war. In some lore, occasionally identified as Fale-o-le fe'e.

Fati

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Fatu-tiri

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Faumea

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Fe'e

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Fefana

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Fetu

A Samoan god of the sky at night. Consort of the first woman, Ele'ele. On occassion, referred to as Fetu.

Fevanga

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figona

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Fisaga

The god of soft sea breezes. Sometimes identified as Fisaga.

Flaming Teeth

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Flight of the Chiefs

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Floating Sky

In the lore of Bali, a region of heaven. Sometimes known as Floating Sky.

Fog of the Path

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Frum, John

The revered figure of the devotees of the cargo cult. He is said to be a reincarnation of the early Melanesian god, Karaperamun. On occassion, referred to as Frum, John.

Fue

A Samoan god of the sweet potato. Son of Tagaloa. Also identified as Fue.

Ganindo

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gecko

Some tribes regard this small reptile as an ancestral spirit. In some lore, occasionally referred to as gecko.

gelatik

The paddy-bird. In Indonesia, some tribes regard the paddy-birds as their ancestors. Also known as gelatik, paddy-bird or paddy-bird.

gemala

A precious stone said to be carried in the head of a cobra. On occassion, called gemala.

Gergasis

A race of enormous Indonesian giants. In some references, called Gergasis.

gimokod

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Gimokodan

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Ginem

A ceremony in the Philippines to thank. The gods for success in battle. In some lore, occasionally identified as Ginem.

Gogo

A snake-goddess. Mother of Jari. Her daughter, Jari, married a snakeman who killed and ate Gogo. On occassion, known as Gogo.

Gora-Daileng

God of the underworld of the Caroline Islanders. Sometimes known as Gora-Daileng.

guna-guna

In Indonesia, witchcraft and magic. In some lore, occasionally known as guna-guna.

Guru ri Seleng

One of the first beings in the lore of Sulawesi. Brother of Sangkuruwira. Father of Nyilitimo. Also commonly called Guru ri Seleng.

Gwau Meo

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Ha-loa

Second child of Wakea. He was the ancestral founder of the Hawaiian people by his own daughter Ho'ohoku-ka-lani. At times, referred to as Ha-loa.

Haikili

A Hawaiian thunder-god. Also commonly called Haikili.

Hakona Tipu

The south wind. Sometimes known as Hakona Tipu, Tua-uo-Loa, Tua-uo-Loa, Tua-uo Loa or Tua-uo Loa.

halulu

A ghost: the soul of a dead person. Also commonly known as halulu.

Hantu Ayer

St Elmo's fire, regarded as a waterspirit. Also identified as Hantu Ayer, Hantu Air or Hantu Air.

Hantu Kuang

A dangerous ghost, said to have 100 eyes. On occassion, called Hantu Kuang.

Hantu Uri

A placenta-spirit who causes problems. Arising after child-birth. In some accounts, known as Hantu Uri.

Hanui-o-Rangi

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Haronga

God of the dawn. Son of Rangi and Papa. Father of Atarapa. Occasionally identified as Haronga.

Hasibwari

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Hatea-motua

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Hau Maringi

A god of mists. Son of Ua. Sometimes called Hau Maringi.

Haumea

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Hawaiki

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heiau

A temple built of lava in Hawaii. Sometimes referred to as heiau.

heitiki

An amulet. Occasionally called heitiki.

Hema

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Hi Haela

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Hiiaka

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Hiku

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Hikula'o

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Hina

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Hina-a-rauriki

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Hina-ika

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Hina-keha

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Hina-te-Ngaru-Moana

A name for Hina-keha, in the form of a fish, as 'lady of the ocean'. Also called Hina-te-Ngaru-Moana.

Hina-tu-a-uta

Mother of Oro. Known as Hina-tu-a-uta.

Hina-uri

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Hine-ahu-one

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Hine-i-Tapeka

A fire-goddess. Identified as Hine-i-Tapeka.

Hine-kau-Ataata

Daughter of Tiki and Marikoriko. She was the first child born on earth. Also called Hine-kau-Ataata, Lonely Gentle Woman, Lonely Gentle Woman or Hine-Kau-Ataata.

Hine Piripiri

Mother of Matuko. Wife of Tawhaki. Sometimes identified as Hine Piripiri.

Hine Titama

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Hine Titamauri

Daughter of Hine Titama by her own. Father, Tane. Occasionally known as Hine Titamauri, Hine-atua-rangi, Hine-atua-rangi or Hine Titama.

Hine-tu-Whenua

A benevolent wind-goddess. Sometimes identified as Hine-tu-Whenua.

Hine-tuanange

In some accounts, a wife of Tane. It was said that she produced reptiles and mountain streams. Sometimes known as Hine-tuanange.

Hinemaka

She was captured by Maru when he raided the compound of Whakaputa and married Maru's son. Occasionally called Hinemaka, a Polynesian maiden or a Polynesian maiden.

Hintubuhet

An androgynous supreme deity in New Ireland. Occasionally referred to as Hintubuhet.

hituhitu

A spirit of the dead appearing to the living. In some accounts, called hituhitu.

Hiyoyoa

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Ho'o Ipo

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Ho'ohoku-ka-lani

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Hoa-Tapu

A Tahitian god. Son of Oro. Brother of Ai-Tupuia, Mata-Fatu-Rau and Toi-Mata. In some references, called Hoa-Tapu.

hoga

Gnomes or dwarfs. Sometimes referred to as hoga.

Honoyeta

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hornbill

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Hotu

The canoe of the god Mahi. At times, known as Hotu.

Hotu Hiva

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hotua poro

Samoan monsters. Sometimes referred to as hotua poro.

Houhou

The home of Timbehes. Known as Houhou, Place of Sleep or Place of Sleep.

Hua'atua

A god. Father of Taurua. Occasionally referred to as Hua'atua.

Hui Tarara

The Polynesian version of Gemini. Known as Hui Tarara, Na Ainanu or Na Ainanu.

Hula

Bards of Hawaii: a religious. Dance festival. Called Hula.

I'i

Sister of Sava. She and her brother became ancestors of the people of Savai'i, a Samoan island. In some references, called I'i.

I-qong

In Melanesian lore, a god of the night. He sold Qat the darkness of night in exchange for some pigs. Also called I-qong.

Icho-kalakal

A hero in the lore of the Caroline Islands. He is said to have led his people to their homeland. Also called Icho-kalakal, Icho, Icho, gingko or Icho Kalakal.

idan

Magicians. These people say that they are followers of Anulap and Samoanekoaner. Also called idan.

Idoiho

A creator-god in the Society Islands. Known as Idoiho.

Ihoiho

A creator-god of the Society. Islands. In some lore, occasionally known as Ihoiho.

Ihova

The god of the Papuan cargo-cult. He is depicted as wearing modern Western clothes. In some accounts, identified as Ihova.

Ika Roa

The Polynesian Milky Way. In some references, known as Ika Roa.

Ika Tere

A Polynesian fish-god. Some say he created all sea-creatures. Also referred to as Ika Tere.

Ila

In the lore of Samoa, the first woman. In some references, identified as Ila, Ida, Ida or Ira.

Ilaheva

Wife of the Tongan. Worm-god Eitumatupua. Mother of Ahoietu. In some references, called Ilaheva.

Ilai

An Indonesian sun-god. Consort of Indara. Together they made men by making stones and breathing life into them. Identified as Ilai.

Ilu

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Ina

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Ina-da Samdulo Hose

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Indera

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Inemes

A goddess. Sister of Anulap. In some references, known as Inemes.

Inuvaylau

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Iowahine

In Hawaiian lore, the first woman. She and the first man, Tiki, were made by the god Tane. In some lore, occasionally identified as Iowahine, Lalo-honua or Lalo-honua.

Ira

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Ira Waru

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Irjojrilik

A deity in the Gilbert Islands. He was created by Loa to rule over the west. Also identified as Irjojrilik.

Isokalakal

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Itcher

One of the 8 Spitters. Also referred to as Itcher, Spitter, Spitter, Bumugi, Dumudin, Dumok, Soft-Rot or Tudong.

Iva

The Polynesian realm of the spirits of the dead. Sometimes called Iva.

Ivo

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Jari

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Jemaliwat

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jin

A demon. Sometimes known as jin, Moroccan jnun, Moroccan jnun, jinnee, Moslem jinnee or Moslem jinnee.

Juan

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Jugumishanta

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Ka'ioi

A bard of the Marquesas. He is depicted in the form of a drum. In some references, known as Ka'ioi.

Kaboniyan

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kabu

A soul which can take on a visible. Form. Also identified as kabu.

Kadaklan

A supreme deity in the Philippines. Husband of Agemem. Father of Adam and Balujen. Also referred to as Kadaklan.

Kae

A priest. He killed and ate the pet whale of the sea-god, Tinirau, who then killed and ate the priest. Occasionally identified as Kae.

Kaehehe

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Kagauaha

A benevolent serpent-goddess. In some references, called Kagauaha.

Kaha'i

A Hawaiian lightning-god. Occasionally referred to as Kaha'i.

Kahausibware

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Kahawali

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Kahiki

The home of spirits in the sky: the home of ancestors. Occasionally known as Kahiki, Hawaiian Hawaiki or Hawaiian Hawaiki.

Kahoali

A sorcerer-god of Hawaii. God of the underworld. In some references, known as Kahoali.

Kahomovailahu

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Kahukura

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kahuna

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Kai-n-tiku-aba

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Kai Tangata

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Kaia

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kaikomako

A tree believed to contain fire. In some references, identified as kaikomako, Hine Kaikomako, Hine Kaikomako or Kaikomako.

Kaitaluga

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Kaitu

A Beru warrior who, with Uakea, conquered the Gilbert Islands. Sometimes known as Kaitu.

kakaluk

An amulet in the form of a bag of stones. Occasionally called kakaluk.

Kakamora

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Kakangora

The name for the Kakamora in the Solomon Islands. At times, known as Kakangora, pwaronga, pwaronga, Kakamora or kakangora.

Kala

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kalaloa

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Kalamainu

A Polynesian lizard-woman. Sister of Kilioa. She and Kilioa act as warders guarding the souls of the departed. Sometimes identified as Kalamainu.

Kalamakua

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Kalou-Vu

The indigenous gods of Fiji known as root-gods. The chief of these gods is known as Ndengei. Occasionally identified as Kalou-Vu.

kalulu

The spirit of the individual, in the lore of New Britain. Also commonly identified as kalulu.

Kamapua'a

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Kamarong

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Kanag

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Kanaloa

Hawaiian squid-god and creator-god. Ruler of the dead. Sometimes referred to as Kanaloa, Maori Tangaroa, Maori Tangaroa, Tagaloa, Tangaroa, Tangaroa, Ta-aroa, Tagaro, Tagaroa, Tongaiti, Upao, Vahu, Hawaiian Kanaloa, Marquesas Islands Tana'oa, Samoan Tagaloa, Tahitian Ta'aroa, Tongan Tangaloa, Ta'aroa or Tangaloa.

Kanapu

A god of lightning. Sometimes called Kanapu, Uira or Uira.

Kanchil

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Kane

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Kane-hoalani

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Kane-huna-moku

The Hawaiian paradise, an island. Floating in the sky. Known as Kane-huna-moku.

Kane-oe-E

The triad of gods, Kane, Ku and Lono. Occasionally known as Kane-oe-E, Oi-E, Oi-E or Kane-Oi-E.

kanikani

A Polynesian dance. During the performance of this dance, ancient myths are sung. Occasionally called kanikani.

Kapipikauila

A Polynesian demon killed by Kaua. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Kapipikauila.

Kapo

A Hawaiian goddess. Sister of Hiiaka and Pele. Mother of Laka. Occasionally known as Kapo.

Kapua

A trickster demi-god in Hawaii. At times, called Kapua.

kapuku

The Polynesian art of restoring the dead to life. Called kapuku.

Karaeng Lowe

A sea-god. The Indonesian version of Shiva,worshipped in the form of a lingam. Also commonly called Karaeng Lowe, Mahaiswara, Mahaiswara or Shiva.

Karaia-I-Te-Ata

Daughter of Miru. Also identified as Karaia-I-Te-Ata.

karakia

A Polynesian incantation: a plea to the gods: a magic formula. In some accounts, identified as karakia.

Karaperamun

An early Melanesian god. He is said to be reincarnated in John Frum, revered in the Cargo Cult of Vanuata. Sometimes referred to as Karaperamun.

Karawata

A Melanesian woman. It is said that she gave birth to a spiritbird, the cockatoo. In some accounts, identified as Karawata.

karawatoniga

Benevolent coastal spirits of Melanesia. In some references, referred to as karawatoniga.

Kariki

Brother of Tawhaki. In some references, called Kariki, Karihi or Karihi.

Kaseteran

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Kat

A god of Banks Island. He is said to have taught the islanders the art of making dug-out canoes. Also called Kat.

Kaua

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kava

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Kavaonau

Daughter of Fevanga and Fefana. She was killed and cooked by her parents to provide food for the god Loa. In some accounts, called Kavaonau, kava, kava, Fefana or Fevanga.

kawakuku

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Kawelu

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Kekewage

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Kele

A Tongan primaeval deity. Consort of Limu. Parent of Touia Fatuna. In some lore, occasionally called Kele.

Kelea

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Kembal

A semi-divine hero of Keraki. In some accounts, called Kembal.

keremat

The power of miracle-working of saints. In some accounts, identified as keremat.

Ki'i

The Hawaiian name for Tiki. Occasionally called Ki'i.

Kibu

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Kilioa

A lizard-woman, in Polynesian lore. Sister of Kalamainu. She and Kalamainu act as guardians of the souls of the dead. Sometimes referred to as Kilioa.

Kilot

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kilu

A Hawaiian song-festival and recital of legends. On occassion, called kilu.

Kimat

A dog of lightning in the Philippines, owned by Tadaklan. At times, referred to as Kimat.

Kirata-n-te-rerei

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Kitimil

In Pelew Island flood myths, one of the 2 survivors. The other survivor was Magigi. In some accounts, identified as Kitimil.

Kiwa

The precursor of all shell-fish, in Polynesian lore. On occassion, known as Kiwa.

Klodan

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Klontjing

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knupa

The Hawaiian demi-gods, as opposed to the gods, the akua. On occassion, referred to as knupa.

ko

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Kobine

Daughter of Naredu. She helped her father create the earth. On occassion, known as Kobine.

Koevasi

A creator-deity of the Solomon. Islands. Known as Koevasi, Agunua or Agunua.

Kohai

The first man, in the lore of Tonga. Grandfather of Ahoeitu. In some accounts, Kohai was a primaeval serpent. At times, identified as Kohai.

Kohara

The female progenitor of all tuna. Fish. In some lore, occasionally identified as Kohara.

Kohu

A god of mists. Sometimes known as Kohu.

Koiakutu

The hill of lice, part of the Melanesian. Afterworld. Also called Koiakutu.

Koiti

Son of Auahi-Turoa and Mahuika. Brother of Konui, Koroa, Manawa and Mapere. Also identified as Koiti.

Kona

A fabulous race of giants in Ponape. On occassion, identified as Kona, Liat, Liat, Rimogaio, Marshall Islands Rimogaio, Marshal Islands Rimogaio or Marshal Islands Rimogaio.

Konui

Son of Auahi-Turoa and Mahuika. Brother of Koiti, Koroa, Manawa and Mayere. On occassion, referred to as Konui.

Kore-te-rawea

A Polynesian deity. Offspring of Kore-te-whiwhia. Also commonly referred to as Kore-te-rawea, New Zealand Te-kore-rawea or New Zealand Te-kore-rawea.

Kore-te-tamaua

A Polynesian deity. Offspring of Kore-te-rawea. Sometimes referred to as Kore-te-tamaua, New Zealand Te-kore-tamaua or New Zealand Te-kore-tamaua.

Kore-te-whiwhia

A Polynesian deity: the primaeval void. Sometimes referred to as Kore-te-whiwhia, Kore-whiwhia, Kore-whiwhia, New Zealand Kore-whiwhia or New Zealand Kore-whiwhia.

Korero

Wife of Tangaroa. Referred to as Korero.

Koro

Son of Tinirau and Ina. Brother of Aroture. In some references, identified as Koro, Koro-mau-Ariki or Koro-mau-Ariki.

Koroa

Son of Auahi-Turoa and Mahuika. Brother of Koiti, Konui, Manawa and Mayere. In some accounts, known as Koroa.

Koura-abi

A Beru warrior who invaded the Gilbert Islands. He was the man who broke the sacred tree, Kai-n-tiku-aba. In some references, known as Koura-abi, Kourabi or Kourabi.

Ku

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Ku-Ka-Pau

A name for Ku as 'constructor'. Also identified as Ku-Ka-Pau, Ku, Ku, Kumatauenga, Ku-Kau-Akahi, Ku-matuenga, New Zealand Tu or Tahitian Oro.

Ku-Kau-Akahi

A name for Ku as 'master of the universe'. Also identified as Ku-Kau-Akahi, Ku, Ku, Kumatauenga, Ku-Ka-Pau, Ku-matuenga, New Zealand Tu or Tahitian Oro.

Kui

A Polynesian earth-god. Father of Ina. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Kui.

Kuila-moku

A god of medicine in Hawaii. On occassion, called Kuila-moku.

Kuku-Lau

A sea-goddess. She causes mirages to delude sailors. In some references, identified as Kuku-Lau.

Kumokomba

An Indonesian god of fate. Son of Lichambene. Occasionally referred to as Kumokomba.

Kumu-honua

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Kumu-Tonga-I-Te-Po

Daughter of Miru. In some accounts, referred to as Kumu-Tonga-I-Te-Po.

Kumulipo

The Hawaiian creator-hymn of over 2,000 lines, composed c. 1700. In some lore, occasionally called Kumulipo.

kupua

Indonesian demi-gods. Occasionally called kupua.

Kura

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Kuruma

An Indonesian version of the tortoise, Kurma. Occasionally identified as Kuruma.

Kuwatawata

A guardian of Pou-Tere-Rangi, the entrance gate of the Polynesian heaven. Also commonly identified as Kuwatawata.

Kuwe

A lizard-goddess of the Moluccas. In some references, called Kuwe.

Kuwera

An Indonesian god of wealth. Identified as Kuwera, Buddhist Kubera, Buddhist Kubera, Kompira, Kovero, Kupera, Japanese Kompira, Japanese Kompira, Thai Kupera, Thai Kupera or Kubera.

La'a Maomao

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La'i-La'I

In some Polynesian stories, the first woman. Offspring of Po. Identified as La'i-La'I.

Lahatala

A sky-god who created the heavens. Sometimes identified as Lahatala, Tuniai or Tuniai.

Lajnan

A creator deity in Micronesia. This being is envisaged as a worm. Sometimes known as Lajnan.

Laka

A Hawaiian goddess of rainstorms. Guardian goddess of dancers. Daughter of Kapo. Sister or wife of Lono. In some references, known as Laka.

Lalikian

A deity of the Marshall Islands. He was created by Loa to rule the north. Occasionally identified as Lalikian, Lajbuineamuen or Lajbuineamuen.

Lalo-honua

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Lamesisi

A semi-divine. In some accounts, referred to as Lamesisi.

Langit

An Indonesian sky-god. Also known as Langit, Polynesian Rangi or Polynesian Rangi.

Laponga

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Lata

A Samoan hero. Known as Lata, Maori Rata or Maori Rata.

Latmikaik

Wife of Tperakl. Her husband, the creator-god, lived in the sky whereas she lived in the depths of the ocean. On occassion, identified as Latmikaik.

Lature

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Laufakanaa

A wind-god of the Tongan Islanders. He is credited with having invented the fishing net and having brought the banana from heaven. In some references, known as Laufakanaa.

Lean

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Lejman

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Leofos

Wife of Paluelap. Mother of Rongelap and Rongerik. Sometimes called Leofos.

Lewalevu

An underworld goddess in Fiji. She receives the souls of the dead when they arrive in Bulu. In some lore, occasionally identified as Lewalevu.

Lewoj

Son of Wulleb and Lejman. Brother of Lanej. He and his brother plotted to kill Wulleb but he escaped and fell to earth. Also called Lewoj, 'nadir' or 'nadir'.

leyak

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li'oa

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Liat

A race of fabulous giants on Ponape. At times, referred to as Liat, Kona, Kona, Marshal Islands Rimogaio, Rimogaio, Rimogaio, Ponape Kona, Marshall Islands Rimogaio or Marshall Islands Rimogaio.

Ligobond

A goddess who created plants and fruit. Occasionally identified as Ligobond.

Ligoupup

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Lijebage

Edao was sent to Lijebage by Wulleb to get a magic tortoise shell and the goddess made him into a great magician. In some references, known as Lijebage, Lady Turtle or Lady Turtle.

Limu

A Tongan primaeval deity. God of the dead. Consort of Kele. At times, called Limu, Rimu or Rimu.

Lingadua

A Fijian one-armed drum-god. At times, referred to as Lingadua.

Lioumere

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lipsipsip

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Little Orphan

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Lo Aget

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Lo-Lale

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Lo'o

The name for Rongo in Samoa. In some lore, occasionally known as Lo'o, Hawaii Lono or Hawaii Lono.

Loa

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Lohiau

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Lokoman

A deity in the Gilbert Islands. He was created by Loa to rule the east. On occassion, called Lokoman.

lolok

Gnomes, in the lore of Indonesia. Sometimes called lolok.

Lona

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Lono

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Lorok

A deity in the Gilbert Islands. He was created by Loa to rule the south. On occassion, called Lorok.

Losi

A guardian-god of the taro. Son of Tangaloa. Also identified as Losi.

Lu'ukia

The Hawaiian version of Rukutia. Also identified as Lu'ukia.

Lugeilan

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Luka-Kane

A Hawaiian god of sports. Occasionally identified as Luka-Kane.

Lumawig

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Lumukaka

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Lupe

The dove created by Malamanganga'e and Malamangangaifo. At times, identified as Lupe.

Maapita

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Magigi

In the Pelew Islands flood myths, one of the survivors. The other survivor was Kitimil. Also commonly known as Magigi.

Maglawa

The underworld in the Philippines: the ancestral soul. On occassion, called Maglawa, Gimokodan or Gimokodan.

Mahacabatara

A name for Siwa in the Philippines. In some references, called Mahacabatara, Bathala, Bathala, Shiva, Batara Guru, Siwa, Siwa, East Indies Mahatala, Panji, India Shiva, Philippines Bathala or Sea-Dayak Petara.

Mahendradatta

The eleventh queen of Bali. She was banished for practising witchcraft. Occasionally known as Mahendradatta.

Mahi

A god. Also called Mahi, Bhumidevi, Bhumidevi, Bhudevi, Vasudhara, Zami-Mata, Pusti or Vasudhara.

mahiki

The road which leads to Lua-a-Milu. Also identified as mahiki.

Mahina

A Hawaiian moon-goddess. Mother of Puna and Hema by Ai. Kanaka, some say. On occassion, identified as Mahina, Hina, Hina, Great Lady of the Night, Hine-nui-te-po, Hine Titama, Ma-Hina, Mahina, Hine-i-tau-ira, Hine(-nui-te-po), Ina or Ma Hina.

Mahora-nui-a-tea

A Polynesian goddess. Wife of Maku. Mother of Rangi. In some references, known as Mahora-nui-a-tea, New Zealand Mahora-tui-a-Rangi or New Zealand Mahora-tui-a-Rangi.

Mahu-faturau

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Mahuika

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Mahuikez

A fire-god. Sometimes known as Mahuikez, Mahuike or Mahuike.

Maihun

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Maiva

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Makafonua

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Makani

A Hawaiian wind-god. Also known as Makani, Samoan Matagi or Samoan Matagi.

Makea

A king of the underworld. Father of Maui. He had an affair with the mortal queen, Taranga, and fathered Maui. Identified as Makea, Makea-Tutara or Makea-Tutara.

Makemake

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Makihiki

A festival in honour of Lono which lasts for 4 months. Also called Makihiki.

Maku

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makutu

Polynesian witchcraft. At times, called makutu.

Malamanganga'e

A creator-deity. With Malamangangaifo this being created the dove, Lupe, predecessor of the beings who gave rise to man. Also referred to as Malamanganga'e.

Malamangangaifo

A creator-deity. With Malamanganga'e this being created the dove, Lupe, predecessor of the beings who gave rise to man. Also identified as Malamangangaifo.

Malaveyovo

In the lore of the Goodenough. Islands, a cannibal. Also called Malaveyovo.

Mamao

A Samoan sky-god. This entity merged with Ilu to form the sky and together they produced Ao and Po. Sometimes identified as Mamao, 'space', 'space' or Atea.

mana

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Manama

A creator-god in the Philippines. In some lore, occasionally called Manama, Eugpamolak Manoba, Eugpamolak Manoba, Kalayagan, Kalayagan, Eugpamolok Manobo or Eugpamolok Manobo.

Manawa

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manawa

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Mandarangan

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maneaba

In the Gilbert Islands, a large building in which Anti rest. Sometimes called maneaba.

Manga

Consort of Tueva. Mother of Tiki and Veetini. In some references, known as Manga.

Mangaroa

The Milky Way, in Polynesian lore. In some references, referred to as Mangaroa, Hawaiian Mango-roa-i-Ata or Hawaiian Mango-roa-i-Ata.

Mapere

Son of Auahi Turoa and Mahuika. Brother of Koiti, Konui, Koroa and Manana. Sometimes known as Mapere.

marae

A sacred place: a temple. In some accounts, called marae.

Marawa

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mareikura

In Polynesian lore, nymphs of heaven. Attendants of Io. Sometimes referred to as mareikura.

mari

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markai

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Maru

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masalai

Animal spirits. These spirits can appear in various human disguises or as other animals or birds, changing shape as they wish and interbreeding with mortals. In some accounts, called masalai.

Masi

A Melanesian spirit of the foolish dead. In some accounts, identified as Masi, People of Morodo, People of Morodo, People, of Morodo, People, of Morodo, Hawaiian Menehune, Hawaiian Menehune, Anjinmar, Marshall Islands Anjinmar, Marshall Islands Anjinmar, Menehune, Nonieb Ponape Tsokelai or Nonieb Ponape Tsokelai.

Masora

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Mata-Fatu-Rau

A goddess of Tahiti. Daughter of Oro. Sister of Ai-Tupuai, Hoa-Tapu and Toi-mata. Sometimes referred to as Mata-Fatu-Rau.

Mata Upolu

In Polynesian lore, the east wind. Also referred to as Mata Upolu.

matagi

The winds, controlled by Maui. Also commonly called matagi.

Matagi

A Samoan wind-god. Also commonly called Matagi.

matakau

An amulet, sometimes in the form of an animal figure, used to deter. Thieves. Also called matakau.

Matao-Anu

One of 4 storm-gods. In some lore, occasionally known as Matao-Anu, Cold Space, Cold Space, Multitude of Space, Multitude of Space, Mate-Anu, Whakarere-Anu or Whakatoro-Anu.

Mataora

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Matariki

In Polynesian lore, the 7 stars of the Pleiades regarded as gods. Sometimes identified as Matariki.

Mate-Anu

One of 4 storm-gods. In some lore, occasionally known as Mate-Anu, Space of Cold Death, Space of Cold Death, Multitude of Space, Multitude of Space, Matao-Anu, Whakarere-Anu or Whakatoro-Anu.

Matu'u-ta'u-ta'ua

In Tahiti, a huge bird which can swallow a man. Sometimes identified as Matu'u-ta'u-ta'ua.

Matuku

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Matuu

The god of the north wind. Also commonly called Matuu.

Maui

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Maui-Pae

brother of Maui In some accounts, known as Maui-Pae.

Maui-Potiki

A name for Maui as 'last-born'. In some references, known as Maui-Potiki, Maui, Maui, Aitu, Mawi, Mowee, Koriro, Maui-Tikitiki or Tama Rangi.

Maui-Roto

brother of Maui In some references, referred to as Maui-Roto.

Maui-Taha

Brother of Maui. In some accounts, known as Maui-Taha.

Maui-Tikitiki

A name for Maui as 'topknot'. At times, known as Maui-Tikitiki, Maui, Maui, Aitu, Mawi, Mowee, Koriro, Maui-Potiki or Tama Rangi.

Maui-Whao

Brother of Maui. At times, referred to as Maui-Whao.

Mauleon

A giant who was released by Tinoso. At times, identified as Mauleon.

Menehune

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Meragbuto

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Merau

A goddess of death. Identified as Merau.

Merong Mahawangsa

A prince. Ruler of the Gergasis. Also called Merong Mahawangsa.

Mesede

An archer. He saved Abele from a crocodile and was given Abele's daughters as a reward. Mesede's wife killed them. Sometimes called Mesede.

Metakorab

A Melanesian spirit. She was queen of the dogai and was shot and killed by Bu. On occassion, called Metakorab.

Miru

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Moa

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Moana-Irakau

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Moe

A Tahitian deity. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Moe.

Moikeha

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Moko

Father of all lizards. Also commonly identified as Moko, Tu-te-Wehiwehi or Tu-te-Wehiwehi.

Mokoiro

Brother of Rangi. Husband of Angarua. In some accounts, known as Mokoiro.

Monoi

A Tahitian. He was the lover of Hina and was devoured by Rona, her mother. Hina, with the help of No'a-huruhuru killed Rona. At times, referred to as Monoi.

Montinig

A god of the Philippines. When the god was decapitated by Balitok, his head continued to chew betel and to mock his attackers. In some references, called Montinig.

Morufonu

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Motikitik

A semi-divine hero. He is credited with having fished up some of the islands from the bed of the ocean. At times, identified as Motikitik.

Motoro

A god of the Cook Islands. Also known as Motoro, Te-io-Ora or Te-io-Ora.

Motu-tapu

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Mount Agung

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Mu

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Muliele Alii

A Hawaiian king. Father of Moikele. In some lore, occasionally identified as Muliele Alii.

Multitude of Space

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Mumhange

In some accounts, a wife of Tane. Also commonly known as Mumhange.

munajim

A Malaysian astrologer and diviner. Occasionally identified as munajim.

Muri-ranga-wenhua

An ancestress of the trickster-god. Maui. Maui used her jawbone, with which he was invisible, as a weapon. On occassion, referred to as Muri-ranga-wenhua.

Mutuhei

A primordial god of silence in the Society Islands. On occassion, identified as Mutuhei.

Muu-muu

Cannibal ogres of Guadalcanal and Mala. These beings are said to babble in some unknown language. Also identified as Muu-muu.

mwaro

In New Caledonia, a shrine where the sacred stones, the bao, are kept. Also known as mwaro.

Na Atibu

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Na Kaa

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Na Kika

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Na-pihe-nui

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Nabangatai

A village in the underworld, Bulu, home of the souls of the dead. Also commonly identified as Nabangatai.

Nabiata

A messenger for the creator-god, Opo. In some references, referred to as Nabiata.

Nafanua

A Samoan war-goddess. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Nafanua.

Nai Thombo Thombo

In some versions, the Fijian. Underworld. Identified as Nai Thombo Thombo, underworld, underworld, afterworld, Bwebweso, Land of the Dead, Mictlan, Patala, Otherworld, paradise, Taoist or also Patala.

Nakaa

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Nanga

A Polynesian thief. It was said that he could work only if the skies were cloudy. In some accounts, known as Nanga.

Nangananga

A Fijian goddess of punishment. She lives in the underworld, Bulu, and receives the souls of bachelors which she smashes against rocks. In some accounts, known as Nangananga.

Naniumlap

The god of fertility in the Carolines. Also called Naniumlap.

Nareau

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Ndauthina

A serpent, sea-god and fire-god of Fiji. He is regarded as the guardian of fishermen but he is otherwise a malicious trickster. Occasionally called Ndauthina.

Ndengei

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Nei Auti

A goddess. She is said to have introduced insect pests into the world. Called Nei Auti.

Nei Marena

A goddess of the Gilbert Islands. Daughter of Na Atibu and Nei Teukez. Also commonly called Nei Marena.

Nei Nguiriki

An ancestor of the Gilbert Islanders. Wife of Bakoa. Mother of Taburimai and Teanoi. Also identified as Nei Nguiriki.

Nei Te-reere

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Nei Teukez

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Nei Tituabine

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Nevi Yanan

An Indonesian sea-god. Also commonly identified as Nevi Yanan.

Nga Atua

The sixth heaven in the lore of the Polynesians. Referred to as Nga Atua.

Ngabal

An Indonesian guardian-god. This deity is said to live in a fig tree. Occasionally referred to as Ngabal, Racit Ngabal or Racit Ngabal.

Ngani-Vatu

A huge, man-eating bird in the lore of Fiji. In some lore, occasionally known as Ngani-Vatu, Ngutu-Lei, Ngutu-Lei, Poua-Kai, Nguti-Lei, Nguti-Lei, Arab Roc, Arab Roc, rekh, sinam, Maori Poua-Kai or Maori Poua-Kai.

ngaro

Food for the dead in the lore of the Polynesians. At times, referred to as ngaro.

Ngaru

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Ngurai

A Fijian god. Occasionally known as Ngurai, Qurai or Qurai.

Night of Tradition

The past in the lore of the islanders. Sometimes called Night of Tradition.

Nini Muni

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Niwareka

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Niwsaru

The first canoe, given to Rata by the wood-spirits. At times, known as Niwsaru.

No'a-huruhuru

A Tahitian hero. When Rona devoured Monoi, the lover of her daughter, Hina, No'ahuruhuru helped Hina to kill her mother. Also called No'a-huruhuru, Hairy Chief or Hairy Chief.

Nopitu

Spirits of Banks Island. Also commonly referred to as Nopitu, Papua New Guinea Tukis, Papua New Guinea Tukis, Kakamora, Solomon Islands Kakamora, Solomon Islands Kakamora or Tukis.

Notu

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Nu'u

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Nyilitimo

Daughter of Guru ri Selong. Wife of Batara Guru. She and her husband were the ancestors of the tribes of the Celebes. Also called Nyilitimo.

Obagat

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obat hidup

In Indonesian lore, a magic medicine that heals wounds and restores the dead to life. Occasionally known as obat hidup.

Okova

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Old Spider

A creator-goddess. Mother of Young Spider. In some accounts, known as Old Spider, Spider Woman, Spider Woman, Hahai Wugti, Kokyangwuti, Naste Estsan or Hahai Wugtu.

Olo Keu

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Olo-sipa

A god of the Carolines. Twin of Olo-sopa. With Olo-sopa he built the huge fortified stone enclosures. Also referred to as Olo-sipa.

Olo-sopa

A god of the Carolines. Twin of Olo-sipa. With Olo-sipa he built the huge fortified stone enclosures. In some references, referred to as Olo-sopa.

Olofat

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Omonga

An Indonesian moon-goddess. In some references, referred to as Omonga.

Ompu Tuhan Mula Jada

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Ono

A god of song, a name of Rongo in the Marquesas. Identified as Ono, 'sound' or 'sound'.

Opo

A creator-god in the Moluccas. Also commonly known as Opo.

oripo

A sage who knows and recites the ancestry of the Tahitians. Referred to as oripo.

Oro

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Oro-Tetefa

A god. Brother of Uru-Tetefa. He and his brother came to earth and established the religious order, Areoi. Also commonly known as Oro-Tetefa.

Paao

A god of Hawaii. Occasionally identified as Paao.

Pachet

An undersea paradise in the lore of the Caroline Islanders. Also identified as Pachet.

Pahuanuiapitaaiterai

A sea-demon of Tahiti. Also identified as Pahuanuiapitaaiterai, Pahuanui or Pahuanui.

Paikea

God of sea-creatures. Offspring of Rangi and Papa. Sometimes called Paikea.

Paka'a

Wind-god of Hawaii. He is credited with the invention of the sail. Also commonly known as Paka'a.

Pakasa Uru

A wallaby. This animal is featured in stories of New Britain and is usually outwitted by the dog, Tulagola. Sometimes known as Pakasa Uru.

Palasara

Husband of Durgandini. Father of Abiasa. Also identified as Palasara.

Paliuli

The Hawaiian paradise. Also identified as Paliuli.

Paluelap

A deity of the Caroline Islands. Husband of Leofas. Father of Rongelap and Rongerik. Occasionally called Paluelap.

pandé

Blacksmiths in Bali. These men, makers of the kris, are said to have magic powers and are regarded as holy men. Called pandé.

Panggu

A creator-god in Melanesia. Occasionally identified as Panggu, Chinese Pan-ku or Chinese Pan-ku.

Panoi

The underworld (or the entrance to it) in the lore of the Banks Islanders. At times, known as Panoi.

panyao

A bao which, it is said, contains the soul of a great hero. In some accounts, identified as panyao, bao or bao.

Papa-hanau-moku

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Papa Taoto

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Papare

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Parwati

The Balinese version of Parvati. An aspect of Uma as goddess of tapas. Also identified as Parwati, Prawati, Prawati, Parvati, Uma or Uma.

Patinaya Nei

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Pedro

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Pekai

Wife of Sido. Also called Pekai.

Pele

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Peopling Vine

The vine planted by Tangaroa at creation and from which the human. Race sprang. Occasionally known as Peopling Vine.

Pere

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pigobara

A bloody ghost. This spirit was regarded as the soul of a woman who had died in childbirth. Also known as pigobara, puntianak, puntianak, pontianak or Malaysian langsuir.

Pili

A gecko-god. Son of Tangaroa. Husband of Sina. These two produced five children who are regarded as the ancestors of the Polynesians. Occasionally called Pili.

Piliwale

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Pintara

A creator-god in Bali. Sometimes identified as Pintara.

Pipiri

The Polynesian name for Castor. In some accounts, known as Pipiri.

Po

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Poko-ha-rua-te-po

Wife of Rangi, some say. Occasionally called Poko-ha-rua-te-po.

Pokop

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ponaturi

Sea-fairies: flying ogres. Also commonly known as ponaturi.

Pou Tere Rangi

The entrance to heaven guarded. By Kuwatawata. Also commonly called Pou Tere Rangi.

Prawati

The Balinese version of Parvati. At times, identified as Prawati, Parvati, Parvati, Adrija, Ahladini-Sadini, Aja, Amba, Ambi(ka), Anna-Purna, Bhadrakali, Bhavani, Bhutamata, Devi, Durga, Gauri, Girija, Haima(va)ti, Kali, Kamakshi, Kumari, Mahadevi, Manasa, Mangata, Mhalsa, Raudri, Sati, Shakti, Snow Queen, Tripura, Uma, Vijaya, Vindhya-Vasini, Balinese Parwati, Cambodian Lady Po Nagar, Parwati, Parwati or Uma.

Pu Ma

The name given to important gods. In some accounts, known as Pu Ma.

Pua-ariki

The ship of Ru. Also commonly called Pua-ariki.

Pua-ne

A magic arrow. This arrow, owned by the demi-god Hiku, could point in the direction its owner should travel. Occasionally identified as Pua-ne.

Pua Tu Tahi

A Tahitian water-monster. In some lore, occasionally called Pua Tu Tahi.

Pue di Songi

A supreme god in Celebes. In some references, referred to as Pue di Songi.

Pueliko

The underworld in the Carolines. Also commonly identified as Pueliko.

Pukatala

A tree in the paradise Pulotu. This tree produces the ambrosial food on which the inhabitants live. Occasionally known as Pukatala, Pukutala or Pukutala.

Pulotu

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Puna

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Punua

A Tahitian thunder-god. Occasionally identified as Punua.

Pusi

A Polynesian fish-god. Sometimes referred to as Pusi, Pusiuraura or Pusiuraura.

Putahi-nui-o-Rehua

The highest of the Polynesian heavens, home of Rehua. Also identified as Putahi-nui-o-Rehua.

Putolu

In Tonga, the land of the dead. Also referred to as Putolu.

putuperereko

A man-eating spirit said to have large genitals. Occasionally known as putuperereko.

Qasavara

A monster. It ate the eleven brothers of Qat who then killed the monster. Sometimes identified as Qasavara.

Qat

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Qatgoro

A stone which split to allow Qat to emerge. Sometimes known as Qatgoro.

Ra

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Rahi

A Tahitian chieftain. Husband of Hotu Hiva. He found a princess, Hotu Hiva, inside his long drum and she became his wife. Also commonly referred to as Rahi.

Raho

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Rai-tubu

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Rail

An evil deity in the Pelew Islands. This being, in the form of a bird, brought sickness and death to mankind. Sometimes referred to as Rail.

Raivuki

A Fijian goddess of the seasons. Wife of Ratu-mai-mbula. On occassion, known as Raivuki.

Raka

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Rakim

The carpenter-god of the Carolines. Sometimes called Rakim.

Rangahore

In some accounts, a wife of Tane who produced stone. At times, called Rangahore.

Rangda

A witch, queen of Bali. She was vanquished by Barong, the lion-king. On occassion, called Rangda, Widow or Widow.

Rangi-Atea

A name of Rangi in Tuamotu. At times, identified as Rangi-Atea.

Rangi Haupapa

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Rangi Tuarea

The tenth heaven, in Polynesian lore. Occasionally referred to as Rangi Tuarea.

Rangima

A Samoan sky-god. Offspring of Ao and Po. At times, referred to as Rangima, Rangiuri, Rangiuri, 'dark sky', 'light sky' or 'light sky'.

Rangiuri

A Samoan sky-god. Offspring of Ao and Po. Referred to as Rangiuri, Rangima, Rangima, 'light sky', 'dark sky' or 'dark sky'.

Raohenga

A realm below the surface of the earth, home of the Turehu. Also referred to as Raohenga.

Rapanuate

A Melanesian tribal hero. In some references, called Rapanuate.

Rarohenga

The home of the fairies: the underworld. Also commonly called Rarohenga, Po or Po.

Rat

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Rata

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Rati

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Ratu-mai-mbula

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Red Heads

The name for the culture-hero. Brothers, Gwau Meo and Sina Kwao. Known as Red Heads.

Rehua

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Rerenga-waitua

An entrance to the Polynesian. Underworld. Also commonly called Rerenga-waitua.

Rice Mother

A Balinese guardian of the rice-fields. Also commonly known as Rice Mother, Busi-urt, Busi-urt or Rice Mother.

Rigi

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Riiki

When Nareau made the world, Riiki helped by holding up the sky until it was firmly established. Occasionally known as Riiki, 'eel' or 'eel'.

Rimogaio

A fabulous race of giants. At times, referred to as Rimogaio, Ponape Kona, Ponape Kona, Liat, Liat, Kona or Marshall Islands Rimogaio.

Ro lei

Wife of Qat. Sometimes referred to as Ro lei.

Ro'o

The chanter-god of Tahiti, curer of illness. Son of Atea. Occasionally referred to as Ro'o, Ro'o-i-te-Hiripoi or Ro'o-i-te-Hiripoi.

Ro Som

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Rogo-tumu-here

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Rokola

A carpenter-god of Fiji. He was a legendary boat-builder, by some equated with Noah. Occasionally referred to as Rokola.

Rokomautu

A Fijian creator-god. One of the Kalou-Vu. Son of Ndengei. Occasionally referred to as Rokomautu.

Rokoua

Brother-in-law of Okova. He helped Okova to kill the monstrous bird, Ngani-Vaku. Also identified as Rokoua.

Rona

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Rongelap

A hero of the Caroline Islands. Son of Paluelap and Leofas. Brother of Rongerik. He was lost but later found by his younger brother, Rongerik. Sometimes identified as Rongelap.

Rongerik

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Rongo-mai

A Polynesian god of whales and comets. He is envisaged in the form of a huge whale. Called Rongo-mai, 'water-food' or 'water-food'.

Rongo-Maui

A manifestation of Rongo who brought the yam from heaven. In some lore, occasionally called Rongo-Maui, Rongo, Rongo, Orongo, Te Rongo, Kahukura, Rong-ma Tane, Hawaiian Lono, Marquesas Ono, Samoan Lo'o or Rongomatane.

Rongomatane

A combination of the names Rongo and Tane as a single deity. At times, identified as Rongomatane, Romatane, Romatane, Rong-ma-tane, Rong-ma-tane, Rongo, Rongo, Orongo, Te Rongo, Kahukura, Rong-ma Tane, Rongo-Maui, Hawaiian Lono, Marquesas Ono, Samoan Lo'o, Rongo-ma-Tane or Rongo-ma-Tane.

Roua

A creator-god of the Society. Islands. Father of all the stars. Husband of Taonoui. Father of Fati. Occasionally identified as Roua, Ra, Ra, Rahoua, Rahoua, Rua, Rua, Tubua or Tubua.

Ru

Son of Tangaroa. Son of Rangi and Papa, some say. Brother of Hina. Also commonly known as Ru, Ruu or Ruu.

Rua-i-tupra

A name of Ta'aroa as 'the cause of growth'. Occasionally known as Rua-i-tupra, Ta-aroa, Ta-aroa, Marshall Islands Loa, Tagaloa, Tangaloa or Tangaroa.

Ruahaku

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Ruange

Wife of Akatauire. Also identified as Ruange.

Ruanu'u

A Tahitian deity. Also known as Ruanu'u.

Ruki

An eel-god of the Gilbert Islands. Son of Na-atibu and Nei Teukez. Sometimes identified as Ruki.

Rupe

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Ruru

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Salevao

A god of rocks. Brother of Savea Si'uleo. Consort of Papa. Father of Moa. In some references, identified as Salevao.

Samonekoaner

A deity. Brother of Olofat, some say. In some accounts, called Samonekoaner, Semenkoror or Semenkoror.

Samulayo

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sanguma

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Sanian

A demi-god of the Philippines. In some accounts, called Sanian, East Indian Sangiang or East Indian Sangiang.

Saraswati

The Balinese version of Sarasvati. At times, called Saraswati.

Sau Kompul

A dog in the Gilbert Islands. This animal was said to spy on enemies of the tyrant Sau Telur. Occasionally identified as Sau Kompul.

Sau Telur

A tyrant killed by Isokalakal. Also commonly identified as Sau Telur.

Saupe

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Sava

Brother of I'i. He and his sister are regarded as the first to settle on Savai'i, becoming the ancestors of the people of that island. On occassion, called Sava.

Savali

A Samoan messenger-god. Also known as Savali.

Savea Si'uleo

A god of the dead. Brother of Salevao. Occasionally identified as Savea Si'uleo.

Semara

A Balinese god of love. Occasionally referred to as Semara.

Sepi Malosi

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Setesuyara

A Bali goddess of the underworld. She was said to rule jointly with Batara Kala. On occassion, identified as Setesuyara.

Si Junaha

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Silent Country

In the lore of the Cook Islands, a realm on the bottom of the primordial ocean. In some accounts, called Silent Country.

Siloo

Sister of Dapie. Sometimes identified as Siloo.

Sina

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Sina Kwas

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Sinebomatu

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singa

In Bali, an image of Agni in the form of a winged lion. Known as singa.

Siovili

Chief priest of an eponymous cult. Founded in Samoa. Occasionally called Siovili.

Sipe

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Sisimatailaa

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Siwa

The Pacific version of Shiva. Guardian of the east. Consort of Prawati. Sometimes called Siwa, Shiva, Shiva, Acyata, Adinatha, Aghora, Akula, Ananda, Anant(es)a, Annamurti, Bathala, Bhadra Vira, Bhagavan, Bhairava, Bhatara Guru, Bhava, Bhavishya, Bhima, Bhuta-Natha, Bhuteswara, Blue Throat, Candesvara, Candrasekhara, Dakshina-Murti, Dhurjati, Digambara, Divine Yogi, Durvasas, Ganga-dhara, Garudi, Gopala, Goraknath, Great Ascetic, Gupta, Hara, Harihara, Isha(na), Is(h)a, Is(h)ana, Is(h)vara, Janardana, Kala(ri), Khandoba, Linga, Lingodbhava, Lord of the Dance, Lord of the Moon, Mahadeo, Mahadeva, Mahakala, Mahapurusha, Maharaja, Mahes(h)vara, Mangala, Mukhalinga, Nataraja, Nates(h)a, Nilakantha, Nritta-Murti, Pancanana, Panchamukti-Maruti, Pas(h)upati, Patsupati, Petara, Rishabha, Rudra, Sadyojata, Shaktiman, Shambhu, Shamkara, S(h)ankara, Sharabha, Shaumya, Sikhandin, Siva, Somanatha, Somaskanda, Srikantha, Sthanu, Sundara, Supreme Lord, Syama, Tatpurusha, Tri-lochana, Tripuratanka, Ugra, Vamadeva, Vira-Bhadra, Virabhadra, Virupashksa, Vishapaharana, Vishvanatha, Warayana, Buddhist Amitabha, Cambodian Hara, Prah Eysor, East Indies Karaeng Lowe, Is(h)wara, Mahaiswara, Mahatala, Mahayogi, Greek Cronos, Japanese Amida, Pacific Bat(h)ala, Philippines Mahacabatara, Thai Phra In Suen, Kala Shiva or Pancabrahma.

Sky Father

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Soft-Rot

One of the 8 Spitters. Also commonly referred to as Soft-Rot, Spitter, Spitter, Bumugi, Dumudin, Dumok, Itcher or Tudong.

Solanang

A deity who appeared in both. Male and female forms. In some accounts, referred to as Solanang.

Spitter

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Suac

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Sumua

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Suqe-mutua

A bad spirit of the New Hebrides. The fork-headed ruler of the dead. Occasionally called Suqe-mutua.

Sweet-eyes

Daughter of Degei. Sometimes identified as Sweet-eyes.

Ta-aroa

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Ta Pedn

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Taaroa

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Tabakea

A primordial god of the Gilbert Islands. Brother of Na-kaa. He and Tituabine produced all the other deities of the Gilbertese pantheon. Also commonly known as Tabakea, Turtle or Turtle.

Tabuariki

A thunder-god of the Gilbert Islands. In some accounts, referred to as Tabuariki, Tabuerik or Tabuerik.

Taburimai

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Tadaklam

A thunder-god in Luzon. He owns the lightning-dog, Kimat. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Tadaklam.

Tafua

A Polynesian rain-god. On occassion, known as Tafua.

Tagaloa

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Tagamaling

A type of Buso. This being alternates between a human being and a Buso, changing each month. In some references, called Tagamaling, Buso, Buso or Tigbanua.

Tagaro

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Tahinariki

Mother of Pere, some say. On occassion, known as Tahinariki.

Tahiti Tokerau

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Tahu

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tahua

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Taichue

A sea-god. Also known as Taichue.

Taisumale

A Samoan god of war, envisaged. As a bat. In some lore, occasionally known as Taisumale, Sepi Malosi, Sepi Malosi or Sepo Malosi.

Takaro

a creator-god in the New Hebrides Sometimes referred to as Takaro.

Talaipo

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Tama

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Tama-nui-a-Rangi

A Polynesian god of light. Son of Rangi and Heke-heke-i-papa. Also identified as Tama-nui-a-Rangi.

Tamapo

A sky-god of Tonga. Occasionally called Tamapo, Tamape, Tamape, Tamapoulialamafoa or Tamapoulialamafoa.

Tamate

A ghost of the New Hebrides. Sometimes identified as Tamate.

Tana'oa

A Polynesian primaeval god of darkness. The name of Tangaroa in the Marquesas. At times, referred to as Tana'oa, Tanava, Tanava, 'darkness', 'darkness', Erebus, Erebus or Po.

Tanentoa

A Beru warrior who invaded the Gilbert Islands. In some references, referred to as Tanentoa.

Tangaloa

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Tangaro Gilagilala

Brother of Qat. He was said to know everything. Occasionally called Tangaro Gilagilala.

Tangaro Loloqong

Brother of Qat. He was said to know nothing. Also identified as Tangaro Loloqong.

Tangaroa

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Tangi-kuku

Brother of Ina and Rupe. Identified as Tangi-kuku.

Tangira

A chieftain of Rarotonga who was deified after his death. In some references, identified as Tangira.

Tango

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Taonoui

Mother of the stars, in the lore of the Society Islanders. Consort of Roua. Mother of Fati. Known as Taonoui.

tapairu

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Tara

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Taranga

A mortal queen. Mother of Maui by Makea. Occasionally identified as Taranga.

Taria Nui

Wooden statues. A Polynesian deity, guardian of fishermen. In some references, called Taria Nui, Taringa Nui, Taringa Nui, canoe gods or canoe gods.

tarogoloa

An evil spirit which seduces humans. These beings, of either sex, are said to kill their victims by cutting their genitalia. Occasionally referred to as tarogoloa.

tatabu

A fetish in which a spirit is said to be trapped. In some accounts, called tatabu.

Tau-uta

A Tahitian deity. Occasionally referred to as Tau-uta.

taua

Evil spirits which may appear as animals or as monsters made of various animal parts. Occasionally known as taua.

Taua Fatuna

Offspring of Limu, god of the dead. Also identified as Taua Fatuna.

Tauira-Ahua

Son of Tura and Turakihau. Also called Tauira-Ahua.

Taumata-Atua

A vegetation god. In some accounts, identified as Taumata-Atua.

Taurua

Daughter of Hua'atua. Occasionally known as Taurua.

Te Aka Ia Roe

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Te-ao

A Polynesian deity. Son of Po. Father of Ao-Marama. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Te-ao.

Te Ariki-n-Tarawa

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Te Bo ma Te Maki

The primordial substance from which the universe was made by Nareau. Referred to as Te Bo ma Te Maki.

Te Bongo Ro

The primordial darkness. Referred to as Te Bongo Ro.

Te Enua Te Ki

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Te Ikawai

A god of the Gilbert Islands. Son of Na Atibu and Nei Teukez. Also identified as Te Ikawai.

Te Kikinto

A name of Nareau the Younger as a trickster-god of the Gilbert Islands. Referred to as Te Kikinto, Nareau, Nareau, Nareau the Younger or Nareu.

Te Maharo

A Tahitian deity. Occasionally known as Te Maharo.

Te Manava Roa

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Te Nao

A sea-god of the Gilbert Islands. Son of Na Atibu and Nei Teukez. Called Te Nao.

Te Parai Tea

The home of Tumuteanaoa below the home of Tango in the world. Coconut. In some accounts, known as Te Parai Tea, The Hollow Grey Rocks or The Hollow Grey Rocks.

Te Putahi Nui

A place in Rangi Tuarea, the home of the star-god Rehua. Occasionally known as Te Putahi Nui.

Te Tanga Engae

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Te Toi-o-nga Rangi

The highest heaven. Also referred to as Te Toi-o-nga Rangi.

Te Tumu

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Te Tuna

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Teanoi

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Tele

The first man, in Samoan lore. In some references, known as Tele, Tutu, Tutu, Atu, Tutu or Tutu.

Tepotatango

Wife of Rangi, some say. In some accounts, referred to as Tepotatango.

Tetong

Father of Juan. Occasionally identified as Tetong.

Thinland

The highest part of the coconut which is the universe, home of Atea. Occasionally called Thinland.

Thipelas

In the lore of the Carolines, a woman who married the god Luigelan. Mother of Olofat. In some accounts, referred to as Thipelas.

Ti'i-tapu

Son of Tiki. In some accounts he is regarded as the father of the human race. Identified as Ti'i-tapu.

Tifenua

A fertility god. Son of Pusi. Also commonly referred to as Tifenua, Pu-I-Te-Muana or Pu-I-Te-Muana.

Tigbanua

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Tiki

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Tiki-ahua

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tiki-wananga

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Tikokura

A Polynesian sea-god. In some lore, occasionally called Tikokura, 'storm-wave' or 'storm-wave'.

Timaiti-Ngava

A primaeval female being in the lore of the Hervey Islanders. This being combined with Timatekore, the male principle, to produce Papa. Also referred to as Timaiti-Ngava.

Timatekore

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tindalo

A ghost in the Solomon Islands: the spirit of one who has been. Posthumously deified: an oracle-deity. Also commonly referred to as tindalo.

Tinirau

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Tino Tatta

A creator-god of the Society Islanders. Also commonly identified as Tino Tatta.

Tinoso

A hero of the Philippines. He is said to have had many adventures, both sexual and physical, including the liberation of the giant, Mauleon. On occassion, called Tinoso, Tinyoso or Tinyoso.

Tintiya

The supreme god of Bali. Sometimes known as Tintiya.

Tip of the Single Feather

An invincible hero of Flight of the Chiefs. Son of The Eldest. In some references, identified as Tip of the Single Feather.

Tipa

A Melanesian god of healing. The god's shadow appears in the form of a lizard. Also commonly identified as Tipa.

Tituabine

A primordial female deity of the Gilbert Islands. Consort of Tabakea. She and Tabakea produced all the other deities of the Gilbertese pantheon. In some lore, occasionally referred to as Tituabine, Lady Tituabine or Lady Tituabine.

Tiwaiwaka

A guardian on the road to paradise. Occasionally identified as Tiwaiwaka.

Tjalon Arang

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To'a-hiti

A Tahitian deity. Also referred to as To'a-hiti.

To-Kabinana

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To-Karvuvu

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Toi-mata

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tolokende

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Tomartind

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Tomwaya

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Tonga

In Samoa, the southwest wind. In some accounts, known as Tonga.

Tongatea

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Touia Fatuna

A Tongan earth-goddess. Daughter of Kele and Limu. Sometimes known as Touia Fatuna.

Tperakl

A creator-god. Husband of Latmikaik. He lived in the sky but his wife lived in the depths of the ocean. In some accounts, called Tperakl, Tpereakl, Tpereakl, Tepereakl or Tepereakl.

Tsokelai

The "little people of Ponape." Sometimes referred to as Tsokelai, Hawaiian Menhine, Hawaiian Menhine, Marshall Islands Anjinmar Nonieb, Marshall Islands Anjinmar Nonieb, Melanesian Mase or Melanesian Mase.

Tu Mea

Son of Atea and Atanua. Occasionally called Tu Mea.

Tu-metua

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Tu-mute-anaoa

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Tu-nui-ka-rere

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Tu-Papa

Daughter of Papa. Sometimes known as Tu-Papa, Tu-Neta or Tu-Neta.

Tu Tumu

The Tahitian name for Rangi. Sometimes known as Tu Tumu, Rangi, Rangi, Lagi, Langi, Raki, Ranginui, Ranji, Vatea, Atea, Hanui-o-Rangi, La(n)gi, Pacific Islands Rangi-Atea, Wakea or Polynesian Atea.

Tua-uo-Loa

The south wind. In some references, known as Tua-uo-Loa, Hakona Tipu, Hakona Tipu or Tua-uo Loa.

Tuakeka

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Tuamoto

Son of Atea. He is the equivalent of Tane in Maori stories, each killing his own father with thunderbolts. Occasionally known as Tuamoto, New Zealand Tane or New Zealand Tane.

Tudava

A hero of the Tiobrand Islands. In some lore, occasionally identified as Tudava.

Tudong

A guardian spirit of the Philippines. Also commonly identified as Tudong, Spitter, Spitter, Bumugi, Dumudin, Dumok, Itcher or Soft-Rot.

Tueva

Father of Veeteni. On occassion, called Tueva.

Tuhurururu

Son of Rupe or Tinirau by Hina-keha or Hina-uri. In some accounts, known as Tuhurururu.

tui

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Tui Delai Gau

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Tui Langa

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Tuka heresy

The teaching of Ndugomoi. The Fijian priest asserted that there were two gods, Jehovah and the snakegod, Ndengei. Occasionally called Tuka heresy.

Tulagola

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Tuli

Daughter of Tangaroa. In the form of a bird she acted as messenger for Tangaroa. In Samoan lore, Tuli is male, son of Tagaloa. Occasionally identified as Tuli, 'snipe' or 'snipe'.

Tuma

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Tumu-i-te-Are Toka

A sea-monster of Mangaia. He was defeated by the hero Ngaru. Sometimes called Tumu-i-te-Are Toka, Tumuitearetoka, Tumuitearetoka, The Great Shark or The Great Shark.

Tumu-ra'i-feuna

A monster octopus. Sometimes identified as Tumu-ra'i-feuna.

Tumudurere

The Papuan lord of the underworld. In some references, called Tumudurere.

Tumuteanaoa

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Tura

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Turakihau

A spirit-woman. One of the atua. Wife of Tura. Mother of Tauiri-Ahua. Also commonly called Turakihau.

Turehu

Fairies. These beings live in the land known as Rarohenga, which is believed to be below the earth's surface. Sometimes identified as Turehu.

Turi-a-faumea

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Turukawa

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Tutu

The first man, in the lore of parts of Samoa. At times, identified as Tutu, Marduk, Marduk, Adad, Addu, Amarud, Amurru-Ramman, Assaluha, Avenger, Hegal, Marlah, Murduk, Qaru, Samas, Suhgurim, Zisi, Agaku, Agilma, Amaradu(k), Aranunna, Asai, As(s)alluha, Asar(i), Asaru(alim) Asaruludu, Bel(-Enlil) Bel-Marduk, Bel Matai, Epadum, Gibil, Gil(ma), (Gish) Qaru, Gugal, Iku, Irkingu, Lugal-Dimmer-An-Ki-A, Kinma, Marad, Namru, Namtillaku, Nari, Sandan, S(h)amas(h), Shazu, Sin, Sirsir, Tuku, Usire, Zah(gu)rim, Ziku, Ziukinna, Zulum, Assyrian Ashur, Greek Zeus, Hebrew Merodach, Sumerian Enlil, Tagtug, Shulpae, Tuttu, Tuttu or Tutu.

Uakea

A Beru warrior. He, with Kaitu, conquered the Gilbert Islands. Occasionally referred to as Uakea.

Uekera

A sacred tree of the Gilbert Islands, said to reach to heaven. Occasionally called Uekera.

Uetonga

A king of the turehu. Grandson of Ruaumoko. In some accounts, referred to as Uetonga.

Ukaipu

Wife of Ivo. She was made from the stem of the wild ginger-plant Identified as Ukaipu.

Ukupanipo

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Ulay

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Ulupoka

A Fijian god of evil. Called Ulupoka.

Uma

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Upolu

The first woman, in the lore of Samoa. Occasionally identified as Upolu.

Upu Lero

A creator-god and sun-god in the Moluccas. In some accounts, called Upu Lero, Lord Sun or Lord Sun.

Uru-Tetefa

A god. Brother of Oro-Tetefa. He and his brother came down to earth and established the religious order, Areoi. Occasionally called Uru-Tetefa.

Uti

A goddess who taught the islanders. The art of night-fishing. On occassion, referred to as Uti.

Va'atale

The canoe built by Olo Keu and Oloi- Nano. Also referred to as Va'atale.

Vabusi

A home of the spirits of the dead. Sometimes known as Vabusi.

Vahine Nauhatu

In some accounts, she is said to have moulded Atea from the formless void. In some references, called Vahine Nauhatu, Enchantress Woman, Enchantress Woman or Vahine Nautaha.

Vairaumati

Second wife of the god Oro. In some references, referred to as Vairaumati.

Vaitakere

Father of Ina. Occasionally called Vaitakere, Vaitere or Vaitere.

Vaoetare

A malevolent tree-spirit of Fiji. In some lore, occasionally called Vaoetare.

Vari Ma Te Takere

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Veeteni

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Vehine hae

Wild women. These beings were said to carry off men and rape them. Also called Vehine hae.

Velema

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vigona

A term for a figona in the Solomon. Islands. Sometimes known as vigona.

Vinmara

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vis

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Vitu

The first woman, in the lore of Fiji. In some references, referred to as Vitu.

Vue

An ancient race regarded as the builders of the megaliths in the islands. In some accounts, identified as Vue.

vui

A spirit or demi-god. Identified as vui.

Wahieloa

A god of comets. Husband of Pele. Also commonly known as Wahieloa, Wahie Loa or Wahie Loa.

Wahieroa

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Wainadula

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Waiora

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wajera

The Polynesian version of Indra's. Lightning-bolt, Vajra. Occasionally referred to as wajera, Indian vajra, Indian vajra, wajro, Javanese wajro, Javanese wajro or vajra.

Wakea

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wananga

Secret lore. Referred to as wananga.

Warohunuga

A creator-god in the Solomon. Islands. Sometimes known as Warohunuga.

Waruna

A Balinese sea-god and wind-god. Consort of Durga. He acted as guardian of the west. Also known as Waruna, Mahadewa, Mahadewa, Indian Varuna, Indian Varuna, Kala, Ryujin, Japanese Ryujin, Japanese Ryujin, Kala, Varuna, Javanese Kala or Javanese Kala.

Wata Rian

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Whakaputa

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Whakarere-Anu

One of 4 storm-gods. In some accounts, called Whakarere-Anu, Space of Extreme Cold, Space of Extreme Cold, Whakerere-Anu, Multitude of Space, Multitude of Space, Matao-Anu, Mate-Anu or Whakatoro-Anu.

Whakatoro-Anu

One of 4 storm-gods. Also known as Whakatoro-Anu, Cold Space Creeping On, Cold Space Creeping On, Multitude of Space, Multitude of Space, Matao-Anu, Mate-Anu or Whakarere-Anu.

Where-Ao

An ancestral creator god. On occassion, referred to as Where-Ao.

White Kingdom

The realm of the moon-goddess, Lona. On occassion, called White Kingdom.

Wigan

Brother and husband of Bugan. This couple were the sole survivors of the flood in the lore of the Philippines. Also commonly known as Wigan.

Wirachita

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Wisnu

A Balinese god, guardian of the north. Son of Bataru Guru. Consort of Dewi Sri. At times, called Wisnu, Narai, Narai, Vishnu, Vishnu, Abjaja, Abjayoni, Adhoksaja, Dakshina, Lord Creator, Lord of Sacred Wisdom, Lord of the Universe, Padma, Padma-Nabha, Primaeval Being, Vasu, Visnu, Wishnu, World Maintainer, Achyuta, Acyata, Adimurti, Ananta, Anatas(h)ayana, Annamurti, Bhumiya, Caturmurti, Dakshina, Dhanvantari, Dharma, Dhruva, Erlanga, Girija, hamsa, Hanuman, Hayagriva, Hrsikesa, Ishvara, Jala-Shayin, Janardana, Kala, Kesava, Mahadeva, Mahapurusha, Maharaja, Mandhatha, Manmatha, Mohini, Mukunda, Narada, Narasinha, Narayana, Padma(-Nabha), 'pervader', Panchayudha, Pandurganga, Piyusaharana, Pradyumna, Pr(i)thu, Rsabha, Salagrama, S(h)amba, Trivikrama, Vasu, Venkata, Viratapurusa, Vis(h)varupa, Vithoba, Vitthali, Vyasa, Yajna, Yajnesh(var)a, Buddhist Akshobhya, Cambodian Hari, Harihara, Prah Noreai-Narayana, Chinese Wu-shun, Japanese Ashuku, Javanese Kresna, Sadana, Sadona, Pacific Islands Poe Mpalaburu, Thai Narayana, Phra Narai, Jagannath, Prabu Makukuwan, Prabu Makukuwan, Hindu Vishnu, Hindu Vishnu, Akshobhya, Ashuku, Avalokiteshvara, Kuan Yin or Upulvan.

Wulleb

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Yalafath

A creator-god of the Caroline Islands. Also referred to as Yalafath.

Yama-Raja

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Young Spider

Son of Old Spider. This deity is credited with the creation of fire. Also referred to as Young Spider.

Yungayung

A guardian spirit of the Philippines. Sometimes identified as Yungayung, Spitter or Spitter.

Yusup

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Pacific Islands Mythology