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Rehua

by Micha F. Lindemans
A star-god, one of many Polynesian stars who are gods. He lives in Te-Putahi-Nui-o-Rehua ('the Great Crossroads or Rehua'), which is located in the tenth heaven called Rangi Tuarea. No mortal has ever visited this place. One day Rehua's son Kaitangata fell down and his blood colored the sky; the origin of sun-set. Rehua is a son of Rangi and Papa, and the ancestor of Maui and his four brothers.

Rehua provided the Tui, the bird used as food by the Polynesians, for he shook it out of his hair. Another myth tells that the Tui was created by his brother Tane.


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