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Tawhaki

by Micha F. Lindemans
The Polynesian (Maori) god of thunder and lightning, and also of good health. He became an expert at building fine houses and plaiting decorated floor mats. He is a son of Hema, and is the father of Matuku. His wife is Hine Piripiri.

One day he received from his grandmother Waitiri a vine which grew up to heaven. Tawhiki climbed up it and first met his ancestors, one after another. He met Maru the war-god who taught him weaponry and the art of chanting spells to paralyze his enemies. Finally, he reached Nga-Atua, the sixth heaven, where his former lover Tangotango lived with their daughter Arahuta. She embraced him and they lived happily ever after.


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  • Also known as:
    Tawhiki

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