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by Micha F. Lindemans
The Polynesian/Maori war-god, co-Creator of man, and commander of the heavenly hosts. He is the initiator of quarrels, envy and friction. He possesses a huge fire in which the evil demons he has vanquished are burnt. Maru taught the god Tawhaki weaponry and the art of chanting spells to paralyze his enemies. When a great man, a war-leader, prays to Maru with the right karakia (hymn) the god may be persuaded to join him in battle and so decide the day in his favor. His Hawaiian name is Ku.

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