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by Micha F. Lindemans
The Polynesian god of the ocean and the fish, also known as "the swallower". He is a double-natured god who can appear as a terrifying fish (the Shark-God), with its mouth wide open and ready to devour its prey, or as a handsome young man. In the latter appearance, his right side is occasionally human and the left side piscine. He has a liaison with (or is married to) Hina-Keha, the Moon-goddess. She always supplies him and his people with plenty of fish. Hina-Uri, Maui's sister, fell in love with him and pursued him in the deep sees.

He is also known as Tini Rau, Kinilau, Sinilau and Tinilau.

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  • Also known as:
    Tini Rau

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