In Polynesian mythology
, Tu Matauenga
is the god of war, envy and hatred who devoured his children and fought with the gods (particularly Tawhiri
). He invaded heaven with an army of demons, but was defeated. He taught Tawhaki
the arts of war, weaponry and chanting spells that paralyze his enemies. Generals pray to Tu Matauenga with a specific karakia (a kind of hymn
) so that he may join on their side.
He created Tiki, the first man.
Alternative: Tu, Maru (Maori), Ku (Hawaii)