- Maori (culture)
- Friendly and Dangerous (behaviour)
Evil element spirits of the Maori people of New Zealand. They are all extremely poisonous and inhabit many different animals such as elephants, geckos and Arias. There are many various forms of Atuas that causes various misfortunes. Titihal cause pain in the feet, Mokotiti causes diseases in the lungs, Tarakiki inflicts swelling in ankles and toes, Korokiorwek causes birth defects, Makawe drives people into hot pools to scald themselves. To Polynesian tribes they have a friendly manner and are shy and live in trees. Their names are secret and to discover one would result in having ones tongue afflicted with paralysis to stop them from uttering the name.
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