OCEANIC MYTHOLOGY

The Gods of Polynesia and the South Seas

DEGEI

Oceanic fabulous creature

The Great She Serpent. She lived alone in the Sky, although she shared flying space with TURUKAWA, a female hawk.

One day the hawk made a nest and laid two eggs, so goodness knows where she had been skylarking. Intrigued, DEGEI offered to baby-sit and was astounded when the eggs hatched and out popped a baby girl and boy.

TURUKAWA seems to have shrugged her feathers and flown off, so DEGEI became a foster mum. She taught her adopted children everything and made them wise enough to start the human race.

Some time later, a group of first generation brothers on hunting practice shot down a hawk. This hawk turned out to be TURUKAWA. DEGEI decided to punish them with a flood, but she was too kind-hearted to let them drown.

Instead she sent down a shaddock fruit for them to use as a life raft — and a snack for when the flood subsided.

DEGEI FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : DEGEI
Area or people : Fiji
Location : the Pacific Islands
Gender : Female
Type : fabulous creature
In charge of :
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 2671
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Article last updated on 16 May 2005 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "DEGEI: fabulous creature from Oceanic mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 16 May. 2005. Web. 30 August 2014.

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