Aitu

In Polynesian languages the word aitu refers to ghosts or spirits, often malevolent. The word is common to many languages of Western and Eastern Polynesia. In the mythology of Tonga, for example, {okina}aitu or {okina}eitu are lesser gods, many being patrons of specific villages and families. They often take the form of plants or animals, and are ...
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