South American - A primordial being in the lore of the Tupi Indians. Son of Karu. He and his father Karu existed in the primaeval darkness but Rairu put a stone on his head which grew to form the sky and they had light. Rairu hid from his father in the underworld and found human beings there. When these people emerged into the upper world, he and his father turned the lazy ones into birds and butterflies. In some accounts, referred to as Rairu, Raini or Raini.

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