KAUKAUGOGO – This most beautiful of goddesses was the only being to ever be born in Poo’ungi, the land of the dead. Her father and mother – Kangebu and Teatamatu’a – had migrated to and established a residence in the underworld while they were both still alive.
Because they were already in the land of the dead they could not die. When their daughter was born they bathed her (kaukau) in coconut oil (gogo), hence her name. (But she is also known as Koginuku.) Being born in Poo’ungi put Kaukaugogo on a par with the gods.
Kaukaugogo’s beauty was so overwhelming she caught the attention of all the male deities.
The god Tinotonu was the first to succeed in “getting a date” with her and invited her to a banquet at Nukuahea, the divine home of his father Tehu’aingabenga. Unfortunately for Tinotonu his father wound up desiring Kaukaugogo as well and the two became a couple.
Tinotonu left Nukuahea in anger, rejecting his father’s offer to sexually share Kaukaugogo with him. The angry Tinotonu sent a school of sharks to devour the goddess the next time she bathed in the ocean. Tehu’aingabenga defeated the shark army to save his beloved. The goddess then went on to be the mother of all 14 of Tehu’aingabenga’s other children.
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