The supreme god of Tahiti, Ta'aroa was also the creator deity, the author of life and death;his shadows were the whale and the blue shark. He made the firsttemple out of his own body. Ta'aroa himself gestated inside the cosmicegg, developing himself in solitude, having no father or mother. He cracked theegg, emerged and stood on the broken pieces, and realised that he was alone. Wearying of the loneliness, Ta'aroa created the world from the pieces of theegg.