CONTEMPORARY TRADITIONAL MAORI CULTURE, PART 2 HE "THE MAORI CREATION STORY: THE SEPARATION OF HEAVEN AND EARTH" by:DAISY NICOLAS<3 source: George grey, 1956, Polynesian Mythology (ed.by William W. Bird): Christchurch, Whitecombe and Tombs Ltd.,250p. (BL 2615. G843p 1956); and MASTER RUBEN MEZA,2012
(according to 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 forest and thier inhabitants."
" (2) Tawhiri-ma-tea, the father of winds and storms";
" (3) Tangaroa, the father of fish and reptiles " ;
" (4) Tu-matauenga, the father of fierce human begings ";
" (5) Haumia-tikitiki, the father of food that grows without cultivation ";
" (6) and Rongo-ma-tane, the father of cultivated food "
" In the beginning these six sons and all others beings lived in darkness for an extremely long time, able only to wonder what light and vision might me like. "
After a battle between the six sons, Tu-matauenga ate 4 of his brothers as food, sparing tawhiri-ma-tea, the father of winds and storms .
This is why today people are fierce and have war, why people eat plants and animals, and why there are storms.