Polynesian Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Polynesia

ORO

Tahitian War God

Battle God with three battleaxe daughters

Son of Hina and Ta’aroa. If you see him pick up his spear, you know there is trouble ahead for someone. Hopefully not you.

He has three daughters who annoy and incite him, as they too revel in trouble-making.

You can tell by their names what they are like: Toi-mata ‘Axe Eye’, Ai-tupuai ‘Head Eater’ and Mahu-fatu-rau ‘Escape from a Hundred Stones’. His son Hoa-Tapu ‘Faithful Friend’ seems to have a more favorable disposition.

In the Cook Islands Oro had a different personality as a son of Tangaroa and ancestor of the Rarotongan People

Oro Facts and Figures

Name: Oro
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

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

In charge of: War
Area of expertise: War

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 340

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Article last updated on May 25, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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