Being married to TANE-MAHUTA, the God of Forests, was wonderful. Until a little bird told her that he was also her father. HINETITAMA was so shocked that she ran all the way to the Underworld, locked herself in and refused to come out.
Eventually a saddened TANE-MAHUTA decreed that from now, on she would be known as HINENUITEPO, the Goddess of Death and Darkness. So now she takes care of the dead and waits for the souls of her departed children, grandchildren, and great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren.