Maori Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of New Zealand

TANGAROA

Maori Sea God

Also known as Takaroa

Picture of the Maori Sea God Tangaroa from our Maori mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

God of the Sea. He also seems to be the God of Fishermen

Married to Fertility Goddess Faumea, Tangaroa is often depicted with only three fingers on each hand. Does this ensure good bites, or has he succumbed to Walt Disneyfication?

Maybe we’ve got our lines tangled as other accounts make him responsible for everything colored red. But he may also be Ta’aroa, Tagaro or Tagaloa, or not, and one of these may be responsible for redness. Surely the Demas and Darvi brought redness to the land?

Tangaroa Facts and Figures

Name: Tangaroa
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Takaroa

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

In charge of: the Ocean
Area of expertise: Sea, Seas, Ocean, Oceans

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 267

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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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