In Polynesian mythology, Kohara is the goddess of tuna and is considered the "mother of all tuna fish".[1] The word also means "to throw a flash of lightning, as a deity".[2] In Māori mythology, lightning begat tuna.[3] In that sense, Kohara can be considered the "ancestor of tuna".[4]

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  1. ^ Knappert, Jan (1992). Pacific Mythology: An Encyclopedia of Myth and Legend. Aquarian/Thorsons. p. 158. ISBN 978-1-85538-133-9.
  2. ^ Tregear, Edward (1891). The Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary. Lambton Quay: Lyon and Blair. p. 155.
  3. ^ White, John (2006). The Ancient History of the Maori, His Mythology and Traditions V1: Horo-Uta Or Taki-Tumu Migration. Kessinger Publishing. p. 124. ISBN 978-1-4286-3710-8.
  4. ^ Andersen, Johannes Carl (1928). Myths & Legends of the Polynesians. G.G. Harrap & Company, Ltd. p. 485.