A deity, best known in the South Island as a war god, where he seems to usurp the position of . He was also worshiped at Whanganui, in the North Island, and was everywhere known, although his place is not very clearly defined. He is sometimes called Maru-i-te-Aewa, Maru-i-te-Koeta, etc.1 He was a son of Rangi-hore, the god of rocks and stones, who was a son of Māui and Rohe.2 His home was in the third heaven, Ngā-roto; but he has also charge of the three lower heavens, viz. Kiko-rangi, Waka-maru, and Ngā-roto.3

Maru was one of the gods borne to New Zealand by Haunga-roa, when she came to bring to Ngātoro-i-rangi the tale of Manaia's curse.4 The planet Mars was sacred to him.5

Tāwhaki, in a splendid invocation, called up the help of Maru for aid in war, in order to punish Ururangi. Maru was nearly slain by the god Rongo-mai.6




  • Tregear, Edward. (1891). Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Wellington: Government Printer, p. 219.

This article incorporates text from Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (1891) by Edward Tregear, which is in the public domain.