A deity, best known in the South Island as a war god, where he seems to usurp the position of Tū. 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
- Taylor, Richard. (1870). Te Ika a Maui. 2nd ed. London: Macintosh, p. 138.
- White, John. (1887). Ancient History of the Maori. 6 vols. Wellington: G. Didsbury, Government Printer, 1:106, 1:Appendix.
- Grey, Sir George. (1855). Polynesian Mythology. Auckland: Brett, p. 102.
- Taylor, p. 138.
- White, p. 1:106.
- 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.