The Maori Creation Story:The Separation of Heaven and Earth "The Maori Creation Story: The Separation of Heaven and Earth By jiayi chen, 01-19-2012, Period4,Culture and Geography Source:George Grey, 1956, Polynesian Mythology:Christchurch, Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., 250 p. and Mr. Ruben Meza, 2012
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.One of them who isTane-Ma huta,The father of the forest sand their inhabitants.
Tane-mahuta, the father of the forest and their inhabitants.
The second son who isTawhiri-ma-tea, the father of winds and storm.
The third isTangaroa, the father of fish and reptiles.
The fourth isTu-matauenga, the father of fierce human being.
The fifth is Haumia-tikitiki, the father of food that grows without cultivation.
Finally the six son named Rongo-Ma-Tane who is the father of cultivated food.
In the beginning these six sons and all other being lived in darkness for an extremely long time, able only wonder what light and vision might be like.
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