Maori Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of New Zealand


Maori Death Goddess

Also known as Hina-Nui-Te-Po, Hine-Nuitepo, Hinenuitepo

Picture of the Maori Death Goddess Hine-nui-te-po from our Maori mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Goddess of Death and Great Lady of the Night

She used to be Hine-Titama, the happy Goddess of Light and Dawn. Until one day she discovered that her husband Tane was also her father.

This revelation was too much for her to cope with, so she fled to the Underworld, changed her name and became rather more grim.

Hine-nui-te-po Facts and Figures

Name: Hine-nui-te-po
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Hina-Nui-Te-Po, Hine-Nuitepo, Hinenuitepo

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Area or people: Maori people of Polynesia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Death
Area of expertise: Death

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 10427

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

References: Coming soon.

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