The Gods of Polynesia and the South Seas


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Oceanic Education God

Also known as LO'AU

Deity who taught humans how to make Kava cocktails

He’s known as the Great Carpenter but he is more of a woodwork teacher than a builder. In fact LOAU is a wise figure who offers practical knowledge and advice. Perhaps his most celebrated achievement was introducing the potent Kava drink to humans.

He came down to Earth one day to see how humans were coping. Everywhere he went people thought he was a king at the very least. He was feted and feasted using the very best turtleshell tureens, but the booze was pretty rough.

Wanting to use a humbler approach, he visited a poor couple named Fefafa and Fevanga who were living in a shack with their leprosy-suffering daughter Kava-onau. It was no use — they still wanted to bestow him with extravagance. He was a visitor and must be given the best. The trouble was, there was no best. Just a vegetable patch.

Not knowing what else to do, they killed their small daughter and cooked her instead. By burying her head and serving up some delicious sauce they hoped to pass her off as chicken or something. But LOAU was most upset and didn’t take a single bite. It wasn’t just the leprosy putting him off. He pointed out that murder was a terrible thing and insisted the poor little corpse be properly buried.

He now needed a strong drink to help him cope with the shock but there wasn’t any. This caused even more shock. Realizing he was a god and ought to remedy the situation, LOAU blessed the little corpse and from it sprang the Kava plant. This is a kind of pepper, the fermented roots of which make the Kava drink. It’s potent stuff, if not utterly toxic, but is very good as an anesthetic. So the daughter did not quite die in vain — she produced a drink which became used throughout Oceania to this very day.


Name : LOAU
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : LO'AU
Location : the Pacific Islands
Gender : Male
Type : deity

In charge of : Education
God of : Education

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index : 7603

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Article last updated on 10 February 2013 by the Godchecker Team.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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