Maui (Mangarevan mythology)

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In the mythology of Mangareva, Maui hauls the land up from the sea, and ties the sun with tresses of hair. His father was Ataraga; his mother, Uaega.

There were eight Maui: Maui-mua, Maui-muri, Maui-toere-mataroa, Tumei-hauhia, Maui-tikitiki-toga, Maui-matavaru, Maui-taha, Maui-roto. Maui the eight-eyed (matavaru) is the hero. He is born from his mother's navel, and is raised by his grandfather, Te Rupe, who gives him a magic staff named Atua-tane, and a hatchet named Iraiapatapata.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Tregear, E. R. (1970). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Lambton Quay: Lyon and Blair. 
  2. ^ Beckwith, M. (1970). Hawaiian Mythology. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. 

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