An atua, a personified form of the eel. A place near Tauranga was called Te Rua-o-Puhi, the Pit of Puhi, whereat, in a hole, lived a huge eel that was looked upon as a supernatural being. It seems to have been viewed as an ancestor, or representing one. A local saying was "The descendants of Puhi do not eat eels."



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