He was also known as the god of wai maori (fresh water) like streams and rivers.
In some tribal instances, Maru was considered a personified deity attributed to warfare, however considered to be that of a lower class/ ranking than that of Tū.
- R.D. Craig, Dictionary of Polynesian Mythology (Greenwood Press: New York, 1989), 160.
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Elsdon Best, The Maori as he was, 1924