Polynesian Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Polynesia

MOKO

Mangaian Protection Spirit

Also known as MON-MOKO

Picture of the Polynesian Protection Spirit Moko from our Polynesian mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Lizard Guardians — or rather Guardian Lizards

The original Moko is partly man in appearance and has human descendants. He seems to lounge around a lot and could be the first lounge lizard.

On Easter Island, every dwelling has a Moko spirit to protect it. You hang them in pairs from your doorway. They are carved in volcanic stone — very handy as a club when the burglars call.

Moko Facts and Figures

Name: Moko
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: MON-MOKO

Gender: Male
Type: Spirit
Area or people: Mangaian people of Cook Islands and Easter Island, Polynesia
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Protection
Area of expertise: Protection

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 99

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

References: Coming soon.

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