A son of Rangi-pōtiki and Papa-tū-a-nuku. He was brother to , Rongo, Tangaroa, and others. He was the atua presiding over peace and feasts. He is called, under different manifestations, Tahu-kimi-kai ("food-seeker"), Tahu-mahi-kai ("food-cultivator"), etc. Food supplies are personified in Tahu, as illustrated in an old saying quoted when one declines a proffered meal, Kei takahia a Tahu, which is equivalent to saying, "Do not slight Tahu."

Tahu is also the name of a son of Tiki and Kau-ata-ata.



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