Maori Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of New Zealand


Maori Snake Goddess

Also known as Karara-Hu-Ara, Karara-Huara

Goddess with a long tail and a few scaly bits

Her disposition was a little on the sneaky side and took a fancy to young Ruru who landed on her island estate in search of fire and water. She wound her tail around his neck and invited him to a meal. He knew it would not be a good idea to eat anything if he wished to avoid growing scales.

He managed to escape and contact his brothers waiting anxiously offshore. They made a hasty statue to resemble Ruru and put it inside a rapidly assembled reed hut. Ngarara, hot on the trail, was fooled by the effigy and wound her tail round its neck, whispering sweet everythings into its ears in the gloom.

The gloom was rapidly dispelled as the brothers set fire the to hut. Whoosh! Ngarara managed to escape by leaving her tail behind, and was purified by the flames which made her as nice as pie afterwards.

Ngarara Facts and Figures

Name: Ngarara
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Karara-Hu-Ara, Karara-Huara

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

In charge of: Snakes
Area of expertise: Snakes

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1721

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Article last revised on April 30, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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