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Hina (goddess)
This article is about the Polynesian goddess. For the agriculture, see Henna. For the anime series, see Love Hina. For the anime character, see Hina (One Piece)

Hina is a form of the ProtoAustronesian word for "Matriarch" and its cognates are found in Taiwan, throughout South East Asia and across Polynesia in the forms Ina, Sina, Tina and Hina. In addition to the usual meaning of "Mother", in Malay the word means "womb" and in Polynesian mythology Hina is the name of several different goddesses.


Hina may refer to:

  • Hina (body art), a temporary form of skin decoration
  • Hina, Cameroon, a town and Commune in Cameroon
  • Hina (given name), a feminine Asian given name
  • Hina (goddess), a Polynesian goddess
  • Hina dolls, word hina means doll, used in doll festival called hinamatsuri in Japanese
  • Hina (One Piece), anime character
  • Love Hina, anime series
  • Hina, an alternative name for Henna, a plant used as a dye
  • Hina language, a Chadic language spoken in northern Cameroon
  • Cyclone Hina (disambiguation), several tropical cyclones
Hina (given name)

Hina is a female name. It is a Muslim name in South Asia and the Middle East, derived from Henna.

It may refer to:

  • Hina Dilpazeer Khan, Pakistani actress, model, TV host and singer
  • Hina Jamelle, American architect
  • Hina Jilani, Pakistani lawyer and activist
  • Hina Kamimura, Japanese voice actress
  • Hina Khan (actress), Indian actress
  • Hina Khan (disambiguation), several people
  • Hina Khan (Pakistan), Pakistani schoolgirl campaigning for women's right to education
  • Hina Khan (TV personality), Canadian strategist and host
  • Hina Khawaja Bayat, Pakistani actress
  • Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistani stateswoman and economist
  • Hina Shah, Indian entrepreneur
  • Hina Shaheen, Pakistani TV, film stage actress and stage dancer
  • Hina Spani, Argentine soprano
  • Hina Sultan, Pakistani television host, VJ, and actor

Usage examples of "hina".

It is told that long ago, one Maui, the son of Hina, lived on what is now known as West Maui.

Wherefore Hina had ample time in which to dry her kapas, and the days are longer than they used to be, which last is quite in accord with the teachings of modern astronomy.

Some say she is part of a trinity whose other aspects are the creator Hina and the fiery Pele.

An all-inclusive divine archetype, Hina appeared in many Polynesian legends, some of which-not surprisingly, for such a complex and long-lived goddess-contradicted others.

In some legends, Hina was said to have been created of red clay by the first man.

But others-in Tahiti, for instance-knew Hina as the preeminent goddess, for whose sexual pleasure the first man was created.

How the goddess Hina reached the moon-she who had originally lived on earth and populated it-was a matter of numerous myths.

In Tahiti, Hina was a canoeist who enjoyed the sport so much that she sailed to the moon, which proved to be such a good boat that she stayed there, guarding earthly sojourners.

Her brother, hung over from indulgence in kava, became infuriated at the noise Hina made while beating tapa cloth.

Because tapa beating was thought to be like the process by which the human body is slowly beaten down into death, this Hina of the moon, the tapamaker of the sky, was closely related to the Great Hina of the underworld.

One guise Hina wore was as a warrior of the Island of Women, a place where no men were allowed, where trees alone impregnated the residents.

A man was washed up on the shore and slept with Hina, the ageless and beautiful leader.

But every time she began to show her years, Hina went surfing and came back renewed and restored.

One story told of Great Hina, the queen of death, says that this aspect of the goddess slept eternally, a huge naked woman snoring through an open mouth.

Maui, the Polynesian hero, tried to be reborn by slipping into the vagina of Great Sleeping Hina, then working his way through her body and out her mouth.