Maori Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of New Zealand

AO

Maori Cloud Gods

Picture of the Maori Cloud Gods Ao from our Maori mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

The Temperamental Cloud Children

These are the sons of Tawhirimatea the Storm God, all born to confound and confuse weather forecasters.

He has clouds for all occasions, from silver-linings to clouding one’s judgment. They’re known collectively as the Ao.

There are at least thirteen of them we know about. We think the others may have blown away. Our knowledge of Oceanic meteorology is pretty misty, but here’s the ten Ao we currently know about:

Ao-Kahiwahiwa
Ao-Kanapanapa
Ao-Nui
Ao-Pakarea
Ao-Potango
Ao-Pouri
Ao-Roa
Ao-Takawe
Apu-Hau
Apu-Ko-Hai
Apu-Matangi
Ao-Whētuma
Ao-Whekere and
Ao-Pakakina.

Ao Facts and Figures

Name: Ao
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: Gods
Area or people: Maori people of Polynesia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Clouds
Area of expertise: Clouds

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 278

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Article last revised on April 30, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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