A sky god of Vanuatu. He came down to earth and created mankind and various things before returning to the sky. During his time on earth his brother Suqe attempted to interfere with his work.

In Aurora, Tagaroa makes things and tosses them in the air; what he catches is good for mankind, what Suqe catches is evil. On Leper's Island, Suqe shares the creation with his brother but makes things wrong. On Whitsuntide island, Tagaroa did or make was right, while Suqe was always wrong.



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