- Maori (culture)
- Humanoid (attribute)
- Domestic (attribute)
- Sorcery and Medicinal (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
A cannibalistic Ogress from New Zealand of Maori mythology. She used magic to conceal her true form and appeared as pleasant human being. She would attract people into her hut and promise to share a meal with them. Once inside she would kill and eat her victim. Once a man named Paowa travelled to the island of which she lived. He entered her house but quickly became suspicious of her behavior. He ran out and jumped in his canoe paddling away as fast as he could. Ruahine-Mata-Maori covered herself in magical red powder to traverse through the sea. Paowa took refuge in a cave on the cliffs and sealed himself in. He then used some coal and meat to cook a meal. Believing that her victim was cornered, the Ogress asked for some of his cooked meat. Paowa slid some meat through a crack for her and she ate it with delight. Paowa then offered her some more. He pulled back the boulder slightly and as the Ogress’ eyes were closed and mouth open, he stuffed her mouth with hot coals, killing her.
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