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  • Contemporary Traditional Maori Culture, part 2 "The Maori Creation Story:The Separation of Heaven and Earth By Lucy De Paz, 1/23/12 per.8 Culture and Geography Source:George Grey, 1956 Polynesian Mythology (ed. by William W. Bird): Christchurch Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., 250 p. (BL 2615.G843p 1956): and Mr. 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 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 beings."
  • "Haumia-tikitiki, the father of food that grows without cultivation."
  • "And Rongo-ma-tane, the the father of cultivated food."
  • " In the begining 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."
  • After a battle between the six sons, Tu-matauenga ate 4 of his brothers as food, sparing Tawhiri-ma-tea, the father of the winds and storms.
  • This is why today people are fierce and have war, why people eat plants and animals, and why there are storms.