Māui (mythology)

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Māui (Maui) is the great culture hero and trickster in Polynesian mythology.

Stories about his exploits are told in nearly every Polynesian land. Maui in most cases is regarded as a god, or as fully divine; in some places, he is regarded as merely human.[1]

Māui appears as a demigod and a primary character in the 2016 Disney film Moana.

List of Māui legends by ethnicity[edit]

For articles by culture, see:

See also[edit]

  • Hoderi, another mythological figure armed with a magical fish hook.


  1. ^ Tregear 1891:233


  • E.R. Tregear, Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (Lyon and Blair: Lambton Quay, 1891).
  • M. Beckwith, Hawaiian Mythology (University of Hawaii Press: Honolulu, 1970).
  • W.D. Westervelt, Legends of Maui (Hawaiian Gazette: Honolulu, 1910).