The Pacific Mythos – Pacific Deities

This week we have a guest post from Margot Fernandez, who I asked to share her work on bringing Pacific deities into early editions of Dungeons & Dragons. This article outlines the deities and you’ll find a link to a PDF version with full classic D&D stats at the bottom.

Dungeons & Dragons players often send their characters out to sea.  Because I lived for many years in Oceania, specifically Guam in Micronesia, I learned about their gods, myths and legends during that time.  In converting deities to the D&D format, I tried to keep in mind that the same god often appears in different mythoi, and for the sake of clarity I sometimes elided a few figures into one.  Such a figure is Tangaloa, the god of evil spells, poisons and witchcraft.  He seems to lurk everywhere from Hawaii to Australia.