Contemporary Traditional Maori Culture, part 2 "The Maori creation story: The Separation of Heaven and Earth" By Dannie Gonzalez, 2/2/12 Period 6 Culture and Geography Source: George Grey 1956, Polynesian Mythology (ed. by William W. Bird): Christchurch, Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., 250p. (BL 2615.G843p 1956
(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 cling closely together, and all was darkness
"Rangi and Papa had six sons: Tane-Mahuta, the father of the forests and their inhabitants
Tawhiri-ma-tea, the father of winds and storms";
Tangaroa, the father of fish and reptiles
Tu-matauenga, the father of fierce human biengs
"Haumia-tikitiki, the father of food that grows without cultivation";
"and Rongo-ma tane, the father of cultivated food."
"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"