Adaro (mythology)

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The Adaro were malevolent merman-like sea spirits found in the mythology of the Solomon Islands.[1]

Adaro is a unique creature that lived in the Pacific Ocean. The Adaro is very dangerous. Said to arise from the wicked part of a person's spirit, which is divided between the Aunga (good) which dies, and the Adaro (evil) which stays as a ghost.[2] An adaro is described as a man with gills behind his ears, tail fins for feet, a horn like a shark's dorsal fin, and a swordfish or sawfish-like spear growing out of his head.[1] They may also travel in Jaratep or Daretep waterspouts and along rainbows and are said to kill unwary fishermen by firing flying fish at them.


  1. ^ a b Knappert, Jan (1992). Pacific Mythology. Acquarian/Thorson (Harper Collins). p. 15.
  2. ^ "Adaro Mythology". Mythology Dictionary. Retrieved 3 July 2015.