Contemporary Traditional Maori Culture, Part 2
''The Maori Creation Story: The Separation of Heaven and Earth''
By: Julian Gomez,
Culture and Geography
Source: George Grey, 1965, 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 human
are descended from one pair of ancestors, Rangi
and pap, who are also called Heaven and
"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:;
"(2)Tawhiri-ma-tea, the father of
winds and storms":
"(3)Tangoroa, the father of fish
"(4)Tu-matauenga, the father of
fierce human beings";
"(5) Haumia-tikitiki, the father of
food a that grows without
"(6) 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.'
After a battle between the six
sons, Tu-matauenga ate 4 of his
brothers as food, sparing
Tawhiri-ma-tea, the father of
winds and storms.
this is why today people are fierce
and have war, why people eat
plants and animals, and why
there are storms.