Ilaheva

'Ilaheva

In the mythology of Tonga, Ilaheva Vaepopua (Ilaheva, living at Vaepopua) was a mortal woman, the daughter of Seketoa, who was a chief of Tongatapu, or perhaps a god from Niuatoputapu. Or maybe she the daughter from a Niuē chief. It depends on who told the story. But all agree that she became the wife of Tangaloa Eitumātupua and mother of Ahoeitu, the first divine king of the Tui Tonga dynasty in Tonga, around 900 AD.

References

  • R.D. Craig, Dictionary of Polynesian Mythology (Greenwood Press: New York, 1989), 82;
  • E.T. Gifford, Tongan Myths and Tales (Honolulu: Bernice P. Bishop Museum Press, 1924), 25-8.

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