"Glimmer of light." The star Canopus. She is the goddess of light or full day, a wife of Rangi (Rangi-nui-e-Tū). She is by him the mother of Marama (Moon), Whetu (Star), Te-ata-rapa (Dawn), and Ata-hiku-rangi (Full Day). She is invoked with other deities for abundant harvests. Cp. Ao-tahi.

Also mentioned as a male deity. In Tahiti, a constellation god — Piscis Austrinus (see Atu-tahi).



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