Contemporary Traditional Maori Culture, part 2 "The Maori Creation Story: The Separation of Heaven and Earth" By Amanda Parada, January 19,2012 Period 8 Culture and Geography Source: George Grey, 1956, Polynesian Mythology (ed. by William W. Bird): Christchurch, Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd.,250 p. (BL 2615.G843p 1956); and Mr. Ruben Meza, 2012
(According to the Maori tradition) All humans are descended from one pair of ancestors, Rangi and Papa, who are also called Heaven and Earth.
In those days, Heaven and Earth clung closely together, and all was darkness.
Rangi and Papa had six sons: (1) Tane- mahuta, the father of the the forests and their inhabitants;
(2)Tawhiri-ma-tea, the father of winds and storms;