Atua are the gods and spirits of the Polynesian peoples such as the Māori or the Hawaiians (see also Kupua); the Polynesian word literally means "power" or "strength" and so the concept is similar to that of mana. Today, it is also used for the monotheistic conception of God. Especially powerful atua included:
- Rongo-mā-Tāne – god of agriculture and peace
- Tāne Mahuta – creator of all living things such as animals, birds and trees
- Tangaroa – god of the sea
- Tūmatauenga – a god of war
- Whiro – god of darkness and evil
In Samoa, where atua means "god" in the Samoan language, traditional tattooing was based on the doctrine of tutelary spirits. There is also a district on the island of Upolu in Samoa called Atua.
In popular culture
In the video game Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, the character of Angie Yonaga is a follower of a god named Atua. Her devotion becomes of key importance during chapter 3, as the nature of the cult-like group she forms causes a locked-room mystery.
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