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Hine-nui-te-Po

by Micha F. Lindemans
The Polynesian goddess of night, darkness, and death; the queen of the underworld. She is called 'Great Lady of the Night'. Hine-nui-te-Po is the daughter of Tane and Hina. When she learned that Tane, who took her as his wife, was also her father, she fled to the underworld where she rules ever since. According to a Maori myth, the hero Maui tried to gain immortality for mankind by crawling through Hina's sleeping body, but she awoke because a songbird laughed, and crushed him to death with her vagina. Maui became the first man to die, and humans remained mortal.

Songbirds were first brought to earth from the Eternal Land.


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  • Also known as:
    Hine

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