Maori creation story

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Maori creation story

  1. 1.   Contemporary Traditional Maori  Culture,part2 "The Maori Creation Story :The  Separation  of Heaven and Earth" By:Dayana Delarosa Jan.24,2012    Period 6   Culture and GeographySource:  George Grey, 1956,Polynesian  Mythology (ed.by William W.Bird)  Christchurch, Whitcombe and tombs  ltd.,250p(BL2615.G8481956)
  2. 2. 2.(According to Maori tradition) "All humans are  descended from one pair of ancestors, Rangi  and Papa, who are also called Heaven and  Earth." 
  3. 3. 3."In those days, Heaven and Earth lung  closely together and all was darkness."
  4. 4. 4."Rangi and Papa had six sons :(1) Tane Mahuta, the father of the forests and their inhabitants";
  5. 5. 5.(2) Tawahiri-ma-tea, the father of winds and storms ";
  6. 6. 6.(3)Tangaroa,the father of fish and reptiles";
  7. 7. 7.(4) Tu-matauguenga, the father of fierce human beings";
  8. 8. 8(5) Haumia-tikitiki, the father of food that grows without cultivated food. "
  9. 9. 9.(8) and Rango-ma-tane, the father of cultivated food."
  10. 10. 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.

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