Story: Te mana o te wāhine – Māori women

Hine-nui-te-pō and Māui (2nd of 2)

Hine-nui-te-pō and Māui

This carved pou (post) depicts Hine-nui-te-pō, the goddess of death, with the demigod Māui trying to enter into her to kill her.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PAColl-6585-10
Photograph by Charles A. Lloyd

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How to cite this page:

Rawinia Higgins rāua ko Paul Meredith, 'Te mana o te wāhine – Māori women - Atua and tipua', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/31552/hine-nui-te-po-and-maui (accessed 20 July 2019)

Story by Rawinia Higgins rāua ko Paul Meredith, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017