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The Manaia is a bearer of great spiritual energy and is a guardian against evil.
The Manaia is traditionally believed to be the messenger between the earthly world of mortals and the domain of the spirits.
The Manaia is usually depicted as having the head of a bird and the body of a serpent and a tail of a fish, though it is sometimes depicted as a bird, a serpent, or a human figure in profile. Other interpretations include a seahorse and a lizard.
The Manaia is a mythological creature in Maori culture and is a common motif in Maori carving and jewelry.