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Maori creation story

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  • 1.   Contemporary Traditional Maori  Culture,part2 "The Maori Creation Story :The  Separation  of Heaven and Earth" By:Dayana Delarosa Jan.24,2012    Period 6   Culture and GeographySource:  George Grey, 1956,Polynesian  Mythology (ed.by William W.Bird)  Christchurch, Whitcombe and tombs  ltd.,250p(BL2615.G8481956)
  • 2. 2.(According to Maori tradition) "All humans are  descended from one pair of ancestors, Rangi  and Papa, who are also called Heaven and  Earth." 
  • 3. 3."In those days, Heaven and Earth lung  closely together and all was darkness."
  • 4. 4."Rangi and Papa had six sons :(1) Tane Mahuta, the father of the forests and their inhabitants";
  • 5. 5.(2) Tawahiri-ma-tea, the father of winds and storms ";
  • 6. 6.(3)Tangaroa,the father of fish and reptiles";
  • 7. 7.(4) Tu-matauguenga, the father of fierce human beings";
  • 8. 8(5) Haumia-tikitiki, the father of food that grows without cultivated food. "
  • 9. 9.(8) and Rango-ma-tane, the father of cultivated food."
  • 10. 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.

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