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  • 1. Contemporary Traditional Maori Culture, Part 2 "The Maori Creation Story:The Separation of Heaven and Earth" By Brandon Oroxon, 1/18/12 period1 Culture and Geography
  • 2. All humans have descended from one pair of ancestors, Rangi and Papa, who are also called Heaven and Earth.
  • 3. In those days, Heaven and Earth clung closely together, and all was darkness.
  • 4. Rangi and Papa had six sons:1) Tane-mahuta, the father of the forests and their inhabitants.
  • 5. 2)Tawhiri-ma-tea, the father of winds and storms
  • 6. 3) Tangaroa, the father of fish and reptiles.
  • 7. 4) Tu-matauenga, the father of fierce human beings
  • 8. 5)Haumai-tikitiki the father of food that grows without culvation.
  • 9. 8) and Rongo-ma-tane, the father of cultivated food
  • 10. In the beginning these six sons and all other beings lived in darkness for an extremely long time, able only to wonder what light and vision might be like.
  • 11. After a battle between the six sons, Tumatauenga ate four of his brothers as food, spraying Tawhirimatea, the father of winds and storms
  • 12. This is why today people are fierce and have war, why people eat plants and animals, and why there are storms