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In the mythology of the Tuamotumarker archipelago, Kiho-tumu (or Kiho) is the supreme god (Sykes and Kendall 2003:108). The Milky Way is 'the sacred ocean of Kiho-tumu' and the dark rift within the Milky Way is his sacred ship, 'the Long Shark' (Beckwith 1970:236).



  • M. Beckwith, Hawaiian Mythology (University of Hawaii Press: Honolulu) 1970.
  • J.F. Stimson, The Cult of Kiho-tumu (Bernice P. Bishop Museum Press: Honolulu), 1933.
  • E. Sykes, A. Kendall, Who's Who in Non-Classical Mythology (Routledge: London), 2003

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