Melanesian Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Melanesia


Banks islands Death God

Picture of the Melanesian Death God Marawa from our Melanesian mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

A Spider God of Copying and Plagiarism

He drove Qat mad. He tried to imitate everything Qat did and always made a hash of it. Qat’s wooden dolls (which he managed to hide from Marawa for three days) came to life. Marawa didn’t know where to hide his own wooden doll attempts so he buried them, forgot about them for six days and the termites had terminated them. This is why the dead are buried.

But they remained buddies — Qat couldn’t live without Marawa because he was always on hand to rescue Qat from traps and prevent him being killed by vengeful brothers.

Marawa Facts and Figures

Name: Marawa
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Banks islands, Vanuatu in Melanesia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Death
Area of expertise: Death

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 3497

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Article last revised on April 29, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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