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In the mythology of Mangaia in the Cook Islands, Moko is a wily character and grandfather of the heroic Ngaru.[1]

Moko is a ruler or king of the lizards, and he orders his lizard subjects to climb into the basket of the sky demon Amai-te-rangi to spy on him. When Amai-te-rangi pulls up his basket, he is disappointed to find it full of miserable little reptiles, which escape and overrun his home in the sky.[1]


  1. ^ a b *W.W. Gill, Myths and Songs from the South Pacific (H.S. King: London, 1876)