Māui

 

Titles

“Warrior & Trickster”, “Demigod of the Wind and Sea”, ETC

Tribe

Felanlulanua’i

Marital Status

Widowed / Single

Family Status

Mother & Father {Deceased} - Wife {Deceased} - Sons {Three of Seven Remain Alive}

 

Place of Origin

Maui, Hawaii

Race

Samoan

 

Place of Residence

Unknown - Varies

 

Age

Unknwon

 

Apperance

Māui is a tanned, Samoan male who stands at roughly 5'10" in height whose body is covered from head to ankle in symbolic tattoos. His hair is a dark brown. It styled to be short and shaven as to show off what tattoos lie there on his scalp. And despite being portrayed as a more hefty muscular man in both modern and ancient mythology the man is only of a lean muscular build. {Faceclaim: Adam Pu}

The Story of Legend

Māui was named after and raised on the Hawaiian island Maui. The demigod, when an infant, was found abandoned on the west most shores of Maui. He was discovered by a couple who lived nearest the shores. They had heard the cries of a child and made way to discover its source, only for them to be pleasantly surprised by the gift that was the powerful boy they decided to take in. Māui grew up with the Samoan culture of Hawaii that ruled his life, a culture that was communal and family oriented. He grew within his new family’s fale into a rather rambunctious, mischievous, and intelligent boy.
Māui was a rather troublesome child. He had a love for pranks and tricks of which he’d pull on other tribe members whenever his daily tasks were completed. Despite the vast amount of problems he caused for his tribe he always amended them with solving problems that troubled his tribe; as in contrast to his prankish nature he loved to solve what issues his brilliant mind could easily fix. He resolved issues such as leaking roofs to more deliberate things like improving farming practices to be more efficient.

As the boy moved into his adolescent years he began to take on larger and more heroic challenges which tested more than his brain. One of his first feats was winning the secrets of fire from Mafui’e, the God of Earthquakes and Keeper of Fire. He gained the resolve to attempt such an achievement after having been taught about the many gods of his culture. The thought of such powerful beings who governed the world around them came to the young man as a worthy challenge he couldn’t refuse, and so after a few months of being trained in the way of his tribe’s warriors he paved his way to the underworld and challenged Mafui’e. The god found the boy’s challenge worthy of his time after having heard the determination behind it. As the two fought Māui began to find that he was much stronger than he had originally thought. Whilst fighting the god he displayed incredible strength that was not of human standard. This, having caught Mafui’e off guard, ended in his defeat and the loss of his right arm. Despite Māui’s certain victory the young man threatened to take the god’s other arm to further ridicule him for the loss, but in his panic for his left to be spared Mafui’e began to make offers to the boy. The first offer was for the young man to receive one hundred wives if he spared the other arm. This offer was declined, as Māui had no interest in allowing himself to be tied down at such a young age. The second offer given to the boy was the secret of fire. This offer, of course, was accepted; not only would he be going home with a trophy of his triumph but he’d be able to further his success with the secret of fire.
When Māui went home with his trophy he was praised for such an amazing feat. When he revealed that the gods had hidden eternal fire within the bark of trees, and that it can only be extracted by rubbing sticks together, he quickly became renowned as the young man who gave his island fire.

Months after his first spectacular achievement Māui would soon be faced with a challenge that would also be engraved as one of his achievements. After his victory against Mafui’e the Sun, Lā, increased its notorious traveling patterns across the sky as mankind’s punishment for the half-mortal’s act of violence against a god. This resulted in daily activities such as farming to become much more tedious around the globe. In response to this the demigod cut the dreads of his hair off and wove them into snares, of which he would use to trap Lā when it had passed over the island of Maui. Māui completed this attainment by steeling himself to stand on the top of the tallest mountain of Maui, Mauna Kea, for however long it would take for Lā to decide to pass over the demigod’s home island. He stood there for a handful of dark filled nights before the sun decided to flit overhead Maui, much to its dismay ended in it becoming restrained by the demigod that had been waiting for its arrival. With the sun now captured and vulnerable to his command Māui began to regulate the sun’s activities for the benefit of mankind.
Finished with this exhausting task Māui descended Mauna Kea, returning home to his tremendously proud family and tribe. They celebrated the victory with a Taualuga in his honor, the traditional dance was attended by a tremendous number of other tribes who lived on Maui. The celebration lasted for three days, the young demigod was given many gifts throughout the duration of it; including a certain fishhook that had been made by the gods. The gift had been brought by a priest, saying that they had been sent by the gods from above to give the powerful and magical item to the demigod for taming Lā when they could not. The priest additionally said that the fishhook would grant Māui the ability to shapeshift into whatever animal he so desired. This fishhook ended up being the demigod's most valued and useful material item that ever came into his possession.

Māui, at the ripe age of fourteen, was grouped with the other young men of his tribe. All of whom were of the appropriate age to receive, and attempt to complete, the traditional Samoan rite of passage. The young man went into the tufuga ta tatau’s fale with his head held up high whilst steeling himself for the painful obstacle to manhood that he’d have to push through. The entire process took the demigod six days under a bone needle before he were to be congratulated and become revered for this achievement.
The Pe’a is a rite for the men of Samoan origin, they have to endure through the immensely painful process of receiving their first tatau. Their first tatau, the Pe’a, covers the body from the middle of the back to the knees. The process of the tatau is an extremely painful and lengthy process that not all are brave enough to start or complete. The Pe’a holds a very significant meaning socially for Samoan tribes; untattooed males are colloquially called by the words telefua or telenoa, which literally means naked. Those who had begun the tattooing yet chose against allowing its completion due to the pain or the inability to pay the tattooist are called Pe’a mutu, a mark of shame. The Pe’a so heavily influence the future of Samoan individuals because it, along with its female counterpart the Malu, is viewed as an individual’s identity and a symbol of manhood.

 

After The Fact

Time was always going to be relative to Māui considering what he is. The years after his rite of manhood seemed to fly by like masses of blurs that his mind could only clump into sections. Gods, goddesses, and dieties must have struggled with comprehending time that passed, though they would nevere admit such a thing. Keeping the burden to themselves so no one thought lowly of the positions they held. So one could only imagine the struggle for a fledgling demi-god. As more clumps of time collected within the recesses of his mind, though, Māui grew numb to it. The distressing feeling of time flowing around him instead of through him turned into a thing of the past as the magnificent man pressed forwards, continuing his battle to be far greater than any man, woman, creature, and whatever else could be in-between. The amount of accomplishments and goals the demi-god surpassed continued to grow in number as time passed by like a microbe of sand in the raging waters.

Many things happened after all those he knew in those fledgling years passed away. His parents and friends since childhood were all taken away from him. Because of it he grew to hate how time seemed to ignore him but continued to take the rest of the world. Through his grief Māui left his home island, sickened by the memories that plagued the spiritual lands he knew in his heart would always be his home. Though that didn't stop him from throwing what one could only call an attempt at healing himself without accepting any of it. If he wasn't home, where the graves of the couple dozen he knew were bound, then it never happened. So he journeyed away from the galapigo of islands he knew as his world. Visiting the neighboring islands that the sea had provided for him and those else that ended up living off of. During this chunk of wasted time Māui met many other tribes of different race and religion. He learned new techniques that neither he nor the intellect of his tribe would have thought of. There were priests that aided in his self-teachings of his mighty fishhook. Women, men, and māhū alike that entranced him more than anyone from Maui could ever do--because he knew them and their customs. He knew what to expect from them. But these strangers from foreign lands had much more to offer in charms and traditions, which were practiced behind intriquite tapestries that hid their sinful deeds.

A handful of decades had passed since the departure of his of friends and family from the mortal plane, and Māui still refused to return home. During the late Eastern Zhou dynasty {roughly around 350 BC, a little over a century before West Zhou was conquered by Qin} the demi-god had found himself within mainland China. During his time there the Warring States period was still occuring. This allowed for the demi-god to witness war for the first time in his life. It was full of chaos, destruction, greed, and death. Those innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of the small wars either died or had to struggle to survive. Though with an end to the fighting in sight Māui chose to wait it out. Watching in amusement and from the sidelines while doing what he could to protect innocent civilians from the crossfires. After nearly twenty years the Warring States period came to a conclusion, which also began the end of the Zhou dynasty. With the threat of wars slowly evaporating Māui  was able to relax and properly experiance China in all it's glory. Though what made his time in China truly memorable was Yang Xiuying, the demi-god's first and only love. She was one of the freshly crowned king's daughters, a princess of the coming new age of China.

Xiuying and Māui had met by chance in the market. The hawaiin man had been searching for work, though was finding the endeavor difficult to accomplish due to his appearance and strange dialect scaring off those he came across. There were those that even claimed him to be some demon in disguise hiding their cursed tongue through the use of the mother language. It was making him feel like he'd have to resort to stealing in order to have a decent time whilst here in China. Eventually though he had found a merchant willing to take him on as a laborer that would haul his goods to and fro whilst he worked under said merchant. {TBA}

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