Contemporary Traditional Maori
"The Maori Creation Story :The
Separation of Heaven and Earth"
Culture and GeographySource:
George Grey, 1956,Polynesian
Mythology (ed.by William W.Bird)
Christchurch, Whitcombe and tombs
2.(According to Maori tradition) "All humans are
descended from one pair of ancestors, Rangi
and Papa, who are also called Heaven and
3."In those days, Heaven and Earth lung
closely together and all was darkness."
4."Rangi and Papa had six sons :(1) Tane
Mahuta, the father of the forests and their
5.(2) Tawahiri-ma-tea, the father of winds and
6.(3)Tangaroa,the father of fish and reptiles";
7.(4) Tu-matauguenga, the father of fierce
8(5) Haumia-tikitiki, the father of food that
grows without cultivated food. "
9.(8) and Rango-ma-tane, the father of
10."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.