The Gods of Polynesia and the South Seas


Oceanic Creator God

Creator God

According to Marquesa legend he popped up out of Chaos one day, married ATANUA and spawned the first humans.

Meanwhile, Tuamotu mythology claims he’s a Sky God with an embarrassing lack of knowledge about female anatomy. Having created a nice lady God called FA-AHOTU to be his wife, it didn’t occur to him that he’d missed out two important bits until their baby sons almost died of malnutrition. FA-AHOTU had no breasts.

ATEA had to suckle them himself, but despite this little mistake TAHU, RO-O and TANE survived and thrived. In fact TANE went on to be a top God — after hitting his dad with a thunderbolt causing early retirement.


Name : ATEA
Area or people : Marquesas, Tuamotu
Location : the Pacific Islands
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Creating
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 3441
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Article last updated on 23 January 2014 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "Atea: Oceanic God of Creation." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 23 Jan. 2014. Web. 17 September 2014.

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