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Adaro

by Micha F. Lindemans
In Melanesian belief (San Christoval, Ulawa, southern Mala island), the bad part or soul-substance of a man which remains after death as a ghost. Distinguished from the figona or spirits which were never human. See also Aunga.

On the Solomon Islands, an adaro is a malevolent sea-spirits in the shape of a fish-man, a man with tail fins on his feet and gills behind his ears. He has a horn like a shark's back fin and a pike on his head like a sword fish or sawfish. It is believed that the adaro travels along rainbows and kills men by shooting poisenous flying fish at them.


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