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Avaiki

In Polynesian mythology, Avaiki is an underworld, ruled by Miru and built by the gods in a series of caves and tunnels, leading to multiple halls. The lowest of the halls is the abode of Varima-te-Takere. Alternatively, Rongo created Avaiki beneath the island of Mangaia[?] (Cook Islands). As another possibility, Avaiki is the name of the oven wherein Miru burns dead souls for eternity.

In addition to Miru and Varima-te-Takere, Miru's daughters, the Tapairu, live in Avaiki.

Some Polynesians believe Avaiki is their ancestral homeland.



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