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Tukoio is the name of a legendary or mythological chief in Māori mythology.

In a story from the Māori tradition of the Whanganui area, Tukoio, a mortal man, came across a Maero or Mohoao, a wild person or monster much feared in Maori legend; the creature instantly attacked him, fighting fiercely until Tukoio cut off its limbs and head, which he took as a trophy back to his village. However, when the severed head cried out for help from its clan, Tukoio instantly dropped the head and ran, fearing retaliation; when he and some of his villagers returned, they found the Mohoao gone, having reassembled itself and returned to the forest.


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