A primeval goddess of certain Papuan tribes. She impregnated herself with her big toe and gave birth to twins, whom she initiated in the arts and crafts useful to men. At her own request she was killed so that from her blood the first human beings could be created.

The cassowary is regarded by one tribe as her representative bird.



  • Lurker, Manfred. (2004). Routledge Dictionary of Gods and Demons. London: Routledge.