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  • 1. The Maori Creation Story:The Separation of Heaven and Earth Jiayi chen  January 17,2012         Period 4  Culture and Geography                      Souce:Mr.Ruben Meza,2012
  • 2. All humans are 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.One of them who isTane-Ma huta,The father of the forest sand their inhabitants.
  • 5. Tane-mahuta, the father of the forest and their inhabitants.
  • 6. The second son who isTawhiri-ma-tea, the father of winds and storm.
  • 7. The third isTangaroa, the father of fish and reptiles.
  • 8. The fourth isTu-matauenga, the father of fierce human being.
  • 9. The fifth is Haumia-tikitiki, the father of food that grows without cultivation.
  • 10. Finally the six son named Rongo-Ma-Tane who is the father of cultivated food.
  • 11. 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.