As Tregear noted, Māori told of goblins and wild men of the woods, known as mohoao, māero and māeroero. The mohoao was described as ‘a very tall, horrible looking man, having long yellow hair, and with teeth like down-bent tusks at the corners of the mouth’. Although Tregear raised the possibility that these figures could be equated with a pre-Māori people, he was more interested in the psychological origins of the belief in such demons.
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Reference: Edward Tregear, The Maori race. Wanganui: A. D. Willis, 1904, p. 573.
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