Mataaho (or Mataeho) was the most obstinate unbeliever of all the skeptical race. Puta prayed to Rangi (heaven) to upset the earth; then the earth turned upside down and all the people perished in the Deluge. Hence the flood was called the Hurianga-i-Mataaho, the "Overturning of Mataaho."



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